Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger.
People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing and dying from cancer, according to new research.
The findings emerged from two separate studies presented at this year’s “European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting”.
A UK study by the University of Manchester found people with type 2 diabetes were at greater risk of dying from cancer – especially when it came to obesity-related cancers such as bowel, kidney and pancreatic cancer or breast and endometrial cancer in women. Researchers compared data on 176,886 people with type 2 diabetes from the UK Practice Research Datalink with a matched control group of nearly 853,000 people without diabetes.
The study, which looked at 13 types of cancer, suggested men with type 2 diabetes were 22% more likely to die from any cancer than those without diabetes. For women the risk was 31% higher. There were evidence people with diabetes had a reduced risk of prostate cancer compared to those without diabetes, but mortality rates from prostate cancer and colon cancer were higher. Nevertheless, the study authors were keen to stress the absolute risk of cancer was still low. They have compared the results if Normal person with the diabetes Over a 10-year period, they noted a 38% greater increase in new cases of pancreatic cancer among diabetics, compared to non-diabetics, and a 30% greater increase in lung cancer incidence.
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