Rising WBC count ups diabetes risk

Of nearly 25,000 normoglycaemic men aged 25–35 in the Israeli army, 447 were diagnosed with diabetes on follow-up during a mean period of 7.5 years.

It was found that for every increase of 1000 cells/mm3 within the normal range of white blood cell count, the risk for diabetes increased by 7.6%.

White blood cell counts as low as 6900 cells/mm3 and above were associated with an obesity-independent 50% increase in the risk of diabetes.

Men in the lowest white blood cell quintile group (<5400 cells/mm3) were