Cancer Rates Are Higher for Patients With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
A new study has indicated that people that have type 1 or type 2 diabetes tend to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer more often. These individuals are also more likely to die from the cancers that they develop than people that don’t have diabetes. Diabetes can result in a number of complications other than cancer including kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and major infections leading to amputations. Patients that have the disease should be undergoing screenings for other issues on a regular basis.
The new study was done by researchers in Australia and the study shows that the risk factors for certain cancers including cancers of the liver, kidney, pancreas and endometrium are higher for people that have diabetes. The risk appears to extend for multiple years in these patients and is not simply higher at the point when the diabetes had been diagnosed.
In addition, the researchers say that people that have diabetes need to get screened for cancer because the screening could help the patient’s doctor to make a diagnosis faster. A faster diagnosis means better outcomes when it comes to cancer treatment.
This study was published to the journal, Diabetes Care. In this study, nearly a million people from the National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS) were examined. Roughly 80,000 of these people had type 1 diabetes while the remainder had type 2 diabetes. These patients had all received diabetes diagnoses between the years 1997 and 2008.
Scientists do not yet know what factors in the diabetic patient are contributing to the higher risk of developing cancers. However, researchers do believe that it is not the insulin treatments that is causing the risk. In fact, they are speculating that the risk of cancer could be due to hyperglycemia, also known as high blood sugar. However, further studies will need to be done in order to determine if this is indeed the cause or if there are other factors at work.
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