High blood sugar levels increase cancer risk
August 26, 2013
by Gabe Mirkin, MD


Scientists at Umea University in Sweden showed that people with high blood
sugar levels are at increased risk for many different cancers (Public Library
of Science Medicine, January 2010). They checked blood sugar levels in 274,126
middle-aged men and 275,818 women from Norway, Austria and Sweden and followed
them for 10 years. They found that high blood sugar levels are associated with
increased risk for cancers of the liver, gallbladder, respiratory tract,
thyroid, rectum, pancreas, bladder, uterus, cervix, and stomach; and multiple
myeloma. Blood sugar levels for women were directly proportional to
susceptibility for cancer. Since being overweight is also a major cancer-risk
factor, the authors corrected for overweight and found that having high blood
sugar levels in people who are not overweight is a major risk factor for
cancers also.

Most scientist feel that there are many risk factors for cancer and the more
of these factors you have, the more likely you are to develop cancer. These
include: being overweight, not exercising regularly, not eating lots of fruits
and vegetables, eating too much meat from mammals, fried and burnt foods,
foods high in added sugars and fats, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, too
much skin exposure to sunlight and radiation, too little skin exposure to
sunlight, (lack of vitamin D), promiscuous sexual behavior, suffering from
certain infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), human papilloma
virus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and Helicobacter pylori (H.
pylori), and working with or being exposed to various chemicals or hormones.
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