Link Between Diabetes and Cancer Shown in Recent Study

Data analyzed from dozens of worldwide studies

Recent research gathered from 47 locations including the United States, China, Australia, and others indicates that a diagnosis of diabetes places a person at increased risk for various types of cancer.

The idea of a link between the two diseases isn’t a new idea; however, this study offers confirmation and specifics as to the various risk factors.

The study authors note that women with diabetes are especially affected. They appear to be more exposed than men to the development of malign tumors.

The findings of this global review—which assessed the health-related data of almost 20 million people—are discussed in a paper now published in the journal Diabetologia.

Researchers were led by Dr. Toshiaki Ohkuma, from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

His colleagues hailed from the University of Oxford in the U.K., and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Women with diabetes were found to be 27 percent more likely to develop cancer than those without diabetes, while men with diabetes stood a 19 percent increased risk over healthy men.

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