How Diabetes Can Increase Cancer Risk
In a recent study, scientists set out to understand why diabetes increases the risk for certain forms of cancer.
Past research has shown that people with diabetes have 2.5 times the risk for developing certain types of cancer, including ovarian, breast and kidney cancers. A recent study aiming to understand the relationship between diabetes and cancer risk offers one possible explanation: that a person’s DNA gets more damaged and is repaired less often when blood sugar levels are high compared to when blood sugar is at a normal, healthy level. When DNA gets damaged severely, it can lead to cancer risk and the formation of tumors.
According to the researchers, Metformin, which is common diabetes medication that helps reduce blood sugar levels, may help improve DNA repair. Learn more about the study and what it means for the future of cancer research here.