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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 440
Erythrocytosis and diabetes mellitus: A concern

1 Wiwanitkit House, Bang Khae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Erythrocytosis and diabetes mellitus: A concern. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:440

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Erythrocytosis and diabetes mellitus: A concern. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Jan 26];9:440. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Diabetes mellitus is an important public health problem worldwide. The poor nutritional habit is believed to be an important contribution to this problem. However, a recent report from a study in Tibet Highland noted that “socioeconomic factors, hypoxemia, and the effects of altitudes >3500 m play a major role in the high prevalence of glucose intolerance in highlanders.”[1] The association between erythrocytosis and diabetes mellitus is very interesting. In nonhighland area, the similar observation might occur. Here, the authors describe a family with the problem of erythrocytosis and diabetes mellitus. In this family living in nonhighland area, all male members (n = 4) have hemoglobin more than 17 g/dL and all have diabetes mellitus. This primary observation is interesting since it might support Okumiya et al. that “glucose intolerance associated with hypoxia.”[1] The concern should be given on health checkup. One with erythrocytosis should be sought for diabetes mellitus, and one with diabetes mellitus should also be sought for erythrocytosis. Indeed, the previous observation among general blood donors who have high hemoglobin concentration showed that there was a high incidence of diabetes mellitus among these cases.[2]

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Okumiya K, Sakamoto R, Ishimoto Y, Kimura Y, Fukutomi E, Ishikawa M, et al. Glucose intolerance associated with hypoxia in people living at high altitudes in the Tibetan highland. BMJ Open 2016;6:e009728.  Back to cited text no. 1
Magnussen K, Hasselbalch HC, Ullum H, Bjerrum OW. Characterization of blood donors with high haemoglobin concentration. Vox Sang 2013;104:110-4.  Back to cited text no. 2

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.193976

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