Endocrine Function Over Time in Patients with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

Dahlqvist et al
European Journal of Neurology

Dr. John Vissing and his colleagues at the University of Copenhagen recently tracked a group of 68 adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), measuring their endocrine function change over 8 years.  The authors examined bloodwork for many endocrine dysfunctions including diabetes (HbA1c blood test), hyperparathyroidism (PTH blood test), and androgen insufficiency (testosterone blood test in men), and found that these dysfunctions became more common over time in people with DM1.  The authors recommend that doctors treating people with DM1 should screen for endocrine functions regularly, as the dysfunctions occurs more frequently in DM1 than the general population.

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