HIgh Blood Sugar is Linked to An Increase in Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:11pm
Women with high blood sugar may be more likely to get cancer, even if they aren't diabetic, reveals a study in the March issue of Diabetes Care.
Keeping your sugar levels within the normal range "may reduce cancer risk," wrote the researchers, who included Par Stattin, MD, PhD, of Sweden's Umea University Hospital.
WebMD points out that the study "doesn't prove that high blood sugar levels cause cancer or that normal blood sugar levels prevent it."
In addition, WebMD notest that the researchers evidently didn't track all possible cancer influences such as the participants' diets, exercise habits or family history of cancer. They also didn't check the participants' blood sugar over time.
Even so, it's a good idea to keep blood sugar levels in control, because doing so may help prevent diabetes and heart disease, as well as make cancer less likely, Stattin's team notes.
While it sounds like this study may have some limitations, it's clearly onto a good idea. It's imperative for people's good health that they keep their blood sugar levels in control. In fact, this something I delve into in detail in my book SUGAR SHOCK!
Special thanks to my research assistant Jennifer Moore.