Nine Cancers Linked to Diabetes Risk According The New Study

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A new retrospective Korean cohort study of more than half a million men and women followed for 10 years shows that a diagnosis of nine types of cancer was associated with a significantly increased risk of subsequent diabetes.The observational study, led by Juhee Cho, PhD, of Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, was published online June 7 in JAMA Oncology. The risk of diabetes was highest in the 2 years following cancer diagnosis, but remained elevated during the entire follow-up period, from 2003 to 2013.

“While multiple studies have established that diabetes is a risk factor for the development of several types of cancer and a prognostic factor for cancer-related mortality, a limited body of evidence suggests that cancer can increase the risk of developing new cases of diabetes, especially after pancreatic, colorectal, and breast cancer,” the authors write.”These data provide evidence that cancer is associated with an increased risk of diabetes in cancer survivors independent of traditional diabetes risk factors.