Type 2 Diabetes Increases Cancer Risk in Woman but Protects Men

June 12, 2010

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Type 2 diabetes appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men, but appears to increase the risk of some cancers in women, researchers in Israel said.

Diabetes UK reports on a study led by Dr. Gabriel Chodick and Dr. Varda Shalev of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine.¬† The study examined 16,721 people with diabetes and determined the relative cancer risk for men and women. The scientists revealed that the fact that type 2 adult-onset diabetes causes insulin-like hormones to circulate around the body has a beneficial effect on bringing down the rate of prostate cancer in men; however, for women, type 2 diabetes may double the risk of female genital and other cancers.

The study was published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control.

 

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