Relationship between Cancer and Diabetes Confirmed

Diabetics are at risk for any number of conditions. Kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy, heart and blood vessel trouble, even impotence, there are all linked to diabetes. Since it is a systemic disease, its effects are felt all over the body and can lead to all sorts of symptoms. One that remains somewhat mysterious is the link between cancer and diabetes. This has been studied for a while, but it is still a mystery exactly what is going on. For a long time it has been thought that prolonged insulin use has something to do with the higher cancer rate in diabetics of both types, especially type 2 diabetics that must take insulin due to their body’s insulin resistance.

Studies in Denmark have recently confirmed the hypothesis that there is a link between cancer and diabetes, and that this link is also associated with the use of insulin injections. This study has been going on for more than 13 years and has been studying the relationship between diabetics using insulin and the number of cases of cancer that have been present in these people. For a long time it was thought that using insulin for a long time would steadily raise the risk of cancer, but this is one idea that has been disproved by the results of this research study.

The results of this study were no surprise in that they finally confirmed a link between diabetes and cancer that was long suspected. However, it also showed that the increased risk of cancer was only present in the first few years of taking insulin. At the start of treatment cancer risk was the highest but over time the risk of cancer steadily went down, even if the people participating in the study continued taking insulin. This study takes a load off of many doctors’ mind, since it was thought for a long time that there was an increased risk of contracting cancer the longer a patient took insulin.

On average, taking insulin raised the rate of cancer in Danish men by up to three percent and in women by almost four percent. However, an important finding of this study is that it suggests that the link between diabetes and cancer is not direct, but rather that insulin is an important factor whose exact mechanism is unknown today. Perhaps this is largely due to the fact that type 2 diabetics that require insulin tend to have the same kind of body type and sedentary lifestyle, which also put them at risk for cancer.

It is important to know that this is the first study of its kind that has ever been attempted. That is, a study with such a great amount of people involved and for such a long period of time. It should also be noted that the link between diabetes and cancer is well known in medicine but there is almost no information about what it is exactly that causes the higher incidence of cancer in diabetic patients. This study goes a long way towards linking insulin as one of the culprits involved.

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