High blood sugar, higher chance of pancreatic cancer

High blood sugar, higher chance of pancreatic cancer

A new review of research suggests raised blood glucose levels could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 14 percent.

Evidence against a sugar-laden diet grows this week with new research that suggests a link between high blood sugar and pancreatic cancer.

Type 2 diabetes is an established risk factor for pancreatic cancer. The new study, an analysis of existing research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that the link may reach beyond people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, extending to people with prediabetes. The findings were noted on healthgauge.com.

After analyzing nine studies, which included a total of 2,408 patients with pancreatic cancers, researchers found a “strong linear dose-response association between fasting blood glucose concentration and the rate of pancreatic cancer across the range of prediabetes and diabetes. The associated an increase in fasting blood glucose with a 14 percent increase in the rate of pancreatic cancer.

In their abstract, the authors concluded: “Every 0.56 mmol/L (millimoles per liter, the standard measurement for blood sugar) increase in fasting blood glucose is associated with a 14 percent increase in the rate of pancreatic cancer. As prediabetes can be improved or even reversed through lifestyle changes, early detection of prediabetes coupled with lifestyle changes could represent a viable strategy to curb the increasing incidence of pancreatic cancer.”

Last year, researchers found triptolide, an extract of the Chinese herb thunder god vine, may suppress a protein that makes pancreatic cancer cells so deadly.

With the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. It’s one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years, according to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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