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Diabetes and Cancer

Studies have shown that there is a definite correlation between Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

There is an increased chance of these following kinds of cancer developing in a person with Type 2 diabetes:

  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Certain blood cancers

It is still uncertain why these cancers and diabetes are linked, and it is possible that there is no direct biological connection between the two. A lot of the factors that contribute to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, such as obesity, also lend risk to developing certain cancers, and so any connection may simply be down to an unhealthy lifestyle.

In Type 2s, high levels of insulin could occur in the blood as the insulin resistance not only stops the glucose being transferred into cells and being used, but also stops any insulin the body generates from being used. This especially occurs at the onset of Type 2, before diagnosis or treatment has begun, as the pancreas overcompensates for the high levels of blood glucose.

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