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Women with high blood sugar more prone to cancer: study

Elevated blood sugar has been linked with cancers of the pancreas, skin, womb, and urinary tract.

health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 21, 2007, 18:53 IST

Women with raised levels of blood sugar face a significantly increased risk of developing cancer, a European study has revealed.

The research, involving more than 64,500 men and women, links elevated blood sugar with cancers of the pancreas, skin, womb, and urinary tract, reports Timesonline. However, the heightened risk was only statistically significant for women.

Women in the top 25 per cent range of blood sugar readings after fasting had a 26 per cent higher chance of developing cancer than those in the bottom quarter bracket. For women under the age of 49, there was an increase in breast cancer risk associated with elevated blood sugar while fasting.

Previous research has shown an increased risk of cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes. But the new findings demonstrate that even without diabetes, rising blood sugar levels are associated with increased cancer risk in women. All the participants were taking part in the Vasterbotten Intervention Project, a health investigation in Sweden.

They were invited to take part in a survey in the years in which they became 40, 50 or 60 years old after 1985. While they fasted, blood sugar levels were measured, as well as the amount of sugar in the blood after an infusion of glucose. Overall, the study spanned 13 years. During the course of the research, 2,478 cases of cancer were identified.

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