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Controlling diabetes linked to lower risk of cancers and death

Controlling diabetes linked to lower risk of cancers and death
4th April 2011

Individuals who avoid or control diabetes could be at a lower risk of cancer, research has indicated, meaning they are less likely to require home care.

Scientists at the National Cancer Institute found that while diabetes is linked to a lower incidence of prostate cancer in men, it is also associated to a higher risk of other cancers in both men and women.

Diabetes was found to be associated with an eight per cent increased risk of cancer in women and but a four per cent lesser chance in men.

Additionally, the condition was linked to an 11 per cent increased chance of mortality in women and a 17 per cent higher risk in men.

Gabriel Lai from the institute said: "There are myriad benefits from avoiding diabetes through exercise, diet and maintaining a healthy body weight. Our study confirms additional benefits in the form of reduced morbidity and mortality from certain cancers."

This comes after a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital found that the onset of type 2 diabetes could be predicted more than a decade before symptoms first appear, which could improve treatment options and allow patients to be more proactive in their efforts to stave off the condition.

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