Sugar meets cancer: the unseen perils of diabetes

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Are you familiar with type 2 diabetes? It’s a health condition that affects your body’s ability to control blood sugar.

People with type 2 diabetes have more sugar in their blood than what’s considered healthy.

This high blood sugar can cause a host of complications. Now, research from the University of Leicester uncovers a startling link between type 2 diabetes and cancer mortality. Let’s dive into the details, making it simple for everyone.

Diabetes and the Big C

Cancer is a dreaded disease that we all wish to avoid. According to the scientists at the University of Leicester, people with type 2 diabetes have a higher chance of dying from cancer.

They found an 18% higher mortality rate for all cancers combined, a 9% higher rate for breast cancer, and a whopping 2.4 times higher rate for colorectal cancer in people with type 2 diabetes.

Double Trouble for Some Cancers

The research also showed that for certain types of cancer, like liver, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers, the mortality rate in people with diabetes was around double that of the general population.

In simple terms, having diabetes makes it doubly difficult to beat these cancers.

Young Women, Diabetes, and Breast Cancer

An alarming finding of the study was that breast cancer mortality rates increased by 4.1% per year in younger women with type 2 diabetes from 1998 to 2018.

Why is this Happening?

The link between diabetes and cancer could be due to high blood sugar, high insulin levels, insulin resistance, and chronic inflammation in people with diabetes.

There’s solid evidence showing that diabetes directly contributes to pancreatic, liver, and endometrial cancers.

The Silver Lining

Despite these startling figures, there’s some good news too. The researchers found that the overall death rates decreased for all ages between 1998 and 2018.

Even the death rates from all cancers combined (except skin cancer) decreased for people aged 55 and 65. However, for those aged 75 and above, the rates increased.

What’s Next?

The researchers emphasize the need for more focus on cancer prevention, early detection, and management in people with type 2 diabetes. They especially point to colorectal, pancreatic, liver, and endometrial cancers.

So, if you or your loved ones have diabetes, it’s crucial to be aware of these risks.

Stay informed about the latest research, like how flaxseed oil could be more beneficial than fish oil for people with diabetes. Or, how green tea and coffee could help reduce death risk in diabetes.

And remember, just like diabetes, nutrition plays a significant role in cancer too.

Recent studies show that foods like blueberries can greatly benefit people with metabolic syndrome, and vitamin D could improve blood pressure in people with diabetes.

The research was led by Dr. Suping Ling and published in Diabetologia. Stay tuned for more health updates!

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