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      Correlation between Helicobacter pylori Infection and Metabolic Abnormality in General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study

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          Previous studies have suggested a link between Helicobacter pylori ( H. pylori) and metabolic abnormality. This study aimed at investigating the correlation between H. pylori infection and metabolic abnormality in a general population.


          All enrolled participants underwent a carbon-13 urea breath test ( 13C-UBT). For each individual, the following data were collected: age, gender, alanine transaminase (ALT), total protein, albumin, cholesterol, triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), urea nitrogen, creatinine, uric acid, fasting plasma glucose, postprandial blood sugar, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and bone mineral density (BMD).


          The study included 1867 (393 females and 1474 males, aged 54.0 ± 9.6 years) people that took a physical examination. There was no significant difference in gender and age between the study participants with and without H. pylori infection. The statistical data are as follows: albumin: P = 0.045, uric acid: P = 0.025, fasting glucose: P = 0.043, and postprandial blood glucose: P = 0.035. In terms of the patients with NAFLD, there were significant differences in ALT and HDL-C between the study participants with and without H. pylori infection. TG ( P = 0.048), HDL-C ( P = 0.011), and fasting blood glucose ( P = 0.018) were significantly different in both groups among individuals who got osteopenia.


          H. pylori infection may be an important factor affecting metabolic abnormality and osteoporosis.

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            Osteoporosis, Fractures, and Diabetes

            It is well established that osteoporosis and diabetes are prevalent diseases with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Patients with diabetes mellitus have an increased risk of bone fractures. In type 1 diabetes, the risk is increased by ∼6 times and is due to low bone mass. Despite increased bone mineral density (BMD), in patients with type 2 diabetes the risk is increased (which is about twice the risk in the general population) due to the inferior quality of bone. Bone fragility in type 2 diabetes, which is not reflected by bone mineral density, depends on bone quality deterioration rather than bone mass reduction. Thus, surrogate markers and examination methods are needed to replace the insensitivity of BMD in assessing fracture risks of T2DM patients. One of these methods can be trabecular bone score. The aim of the paper is to present the present state of scientific knowledge about the osteoporosis risk in diabetic patient. The review also discusses the possibility of problematic using the study conclusions in real clinical practice.
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              Gastric adenocarcinoma and Helicobacter pylori infection.

              Helicobacter pylori infection, thought to be causally related to chronic gastritis, may also be associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer. To determine whether an association with gastric cancer does exist, we retrospectively evaluated serum samples from 69 patients with histologically confirmed gastric adenocarcinoma (32 with cancer at the cardia and 37 with cancer at other sites) and from 218 patients with one of three categories of nongastric cancers, with other gastric cancers, or with benign gastric neoplasms. These samples were compared with samples from 252 cancer-free control subjects, a group comprising 76 asymptomatic volunteers and 176 persons with nonmalignant disorders. Serum samples collected from cancer patients prior to surgery and from cancer-free controls were tested for antibodies to H. pylori by using a highly sensitive and specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The risk of H. pylori infection in the case patients relative to the control subjects was estimated with the use of multivariate logistic regression analysis to adjust for potential confounding variables. Antibodies to H. pylori were detected in 65% of the patients with noncardia gastric cancer but in only 38% of the patients with gastric cancer located at the cardia. A significant association was found between H. pylori infection and noncardia gastric cancer (odds ratio = 2.67; 99% confidence interval = 1.01-7.06). Within the subset of patients with noncardia gastric cancer, a statistically nonsignificant tendency existed for those with the intestinal versus the diffuse histologic type of noncardia gastric cancer to have a higher risk of H. pylori infection. Our results support the hypothesis of a relationship between H. pylori infection and the development of noncardia gastric adenocarcinoma.

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                Gastroenterol Res Pract
                Gastroenterol Res Pract
                Gastroenterology Research and Practice
                20 March 2018
                : 2018
                1Department of Gastroenterology, General Hospital of the PLA Rocket Force, Beijing, China
                2Jinzhou Medical University, Jinzhou, China
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                Academic Editor: Tatsuya Toyokawa

                Copyright © 2018 Li-juan Lu et al.

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