Evidence found linking type 2 diabetes and many cancers
Experts at the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society have revealed emerging evidence that connects type 2 diabetes and the incidence of cancer.
Both diseases currently have a huge impact worldwide, and previous research has suggested that diabetics have a significantly increased risk for developing many forms of cancer. Although the two conditions share many risk factors, little is known about the biological association that links them together.
Scientists gathered at a conference in December 2009 to present a consensus report of their findings. They shared that type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of liver, pancreas, breast and colon cancer. These conditions all share common risk factors in the form of aging, obesity, diet and a sedentary lifestyle.
The researchers reported evidence that a healthy diet and increased physical activity have reduced the risk and improved the outcomes of both type 2 diabetes and cancer.
"Traditionally there hasn't been much overlap between research in cancer and in diabetes," said Dr Edward Giovannucci, co-chair of the consensus report group. "Recently it's become clearer that there are links between the two. We hope that [our summary] will spur additional studies."