Diabetes Forecast

The Link Between Diabetes and Certain Cancers

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

Kaitlin Graves/Mittera

People with type 1 diabetes may have an increased risk for certain types of cancer but a lower risk for others. In examining national diabetes registries in five European countries, researchers found that stomach, liver, kidney, and pancreatic cancers in men and women and endometrial cancers in women were more common than in the general population. On the other hand, breast cancer in women was somewhat less likely and prostate cancer in men was about half as likely among those with type 1 diabetes. Researchers think the differences might relate to hormone levels—or that people with type 1 diabetes may be receiving more testing than those who visit doctors less often. The study’s authors say the same cancer-minimizing recommendations apply to people with type 1 diabetes as everyone else: Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, quit smoking, and get recommended age-based cancer screenings.
Source: Diabetologia, published online Feb. 29, 2016



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