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Link Between Insulin and Cancer

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Researchers have found evidence that insulin, taken by millions of diabetics to regulate blood sugar levels could increase the risk for cancer by 46%. Increased levels of insulin has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cells.

Could a hormone taken by millions of diabetics to regulate blood sugar levels cause a killer disease?

Now, a recent study finds increased insulin levels can raise the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

"Those patients who had higher insulin levels were 46% more likely to get breast cancer," said Dr. Daliah Black.

Dr. Black is an oncologist at Mercy Medical Center. She says obesity leads to hormone imbalances that can contribute to higher than normal levels of insulin. Those increased levels have been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cells.

"Obesity is a problem, not only for diabetes and general health risk, but also has a role somehow with cancer development," she said.

It is recommended that patients with diabetes maintain a healthy diet and weight management to keep insulin levels in check.

Patients can’t eat whatever they want and just cover the food with a dose of insulin.

If you're watching your carbs and maintaining a healthy weight and diet, you can control your insulin production somewhat.

Staying active is important, even if you don't have diabetes. Studies have shown 30 minutes of brisk activity every day - like walking - can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise can also reduce the recurrence of breast cancer.

Source: Diabetes In Control

 
 
 
 
 
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