Prediabetes and Cancer: Is There a Link?

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A new research study has troublesome news for the 86 million Americans who have a condition known as prediabetes: Not only are they at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, but they also may have an increased risk of cancer.

Research shows that prediabetes can also raise your risk of developing cancer, according to a study just published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The article, a meta-analysis that included a total of 16 studies and 891,426 participants from the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa, shows that prediabetes raises overall cancer risk by 15 percent. Delving deeper into specific types of cancer risk, the analysis found that prediabetes was significantly associated with increased risks of cancer of the stomach and colorectum, liver, pancreas, breast, and endometrium. No significant association was found between prediabetes and cancer of the bronchus amd lung, prostate, ovary, kidney, or bladder.

For more complete details, read Dr. Athena Philis-Tsimikas’ blog posting on Everyday Health — Prediabetes and Cancer: Is There a Link?

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