The research reports that both men and women who have diabetes have a higher risk of colon, rectal and liver cancers. Men are at a higher risk of pancreatic and kidney cancers, while women are more at risk of stomach, anal and endometrial cancer.
A study by the New England Journal of Medicine determined that people with Type 2 diabetes are 25 percent more likely to die from cancer than non-diabetics.
What is the link between diabetes and cancer risk?
The specific link between diabetes and cancer is not determined, but a panel of experts from the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association suggest that preventing or managing diabetes through a healthy lifestyle can help lower cancer risk.
Know your risk for diabetes
The American Diabetes Association states the following risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes:
- People with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and/or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
- People more than 45 years old
- People with a family history of diabetes
- People who are overweight
- People who do not exercise regularly
- People with low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure
- Certain racial and ethnic groups (e.g., Non-Hispanic Blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives)
- Women who had gestational diabetes, or who have had a baby weighing nine pounds or more at birth
Lower your risk for diabetes
- Eat a healthy diet, comprised primarily of fruits, vegetables and grains
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy body weight
Talk with your health care team about strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle and reducing your diabetes risk. WVCI patients can schedule a free appointment to meet with our registered dietitian by calling 541-681-4945.