Diabetes cases reach 422 million as poorer countries see steep rises
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Getting a flu shot may be not just beneficial to avoid seasonal influenza but can have many more serious health benefits, more so in those who suffer from type-2 diabetes.

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), people suffering from type-2 diabetes can get relief from hospital admissions due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases if they are vaccinated.

The research was conducted over a period of seven years from 2003 to 2009 in which 124, 503 people suffering from type-2 diabetes participated. The study was done to assess the admissions of these patients  to hospital for acute myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack, stroke, heart failure or pneumonia/influenza, and death.

The study found that there was a reduced incidence of chronic illnesses, and thereby hospital admissions, in those diabetics who were vaccinated as compared to those who weren't.

Even the death rate was found to be less among the vaccinated diabetic patients than those who were not vaccinated.

The research suggested that it is likely that people who get vaccinated prevent themselves from any flu attack in the first place and therefore reduce any subsequent risk of chronic illnesses.