Recent research suggests that diabetics are thrice as likely to develop. Diabetes develops due to the inability of the body to break down sugar as per normal.
The resultant high sugar levels could increase the risk of bowel cancer.
The research, by Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council, involved testing a marker of the sugar levels in blood samples taken from 10,000 men and women, ages 45 – 79 and then checking their medical condition six years later.
They found that those with diabetes are more likely to develop bowel cancer. The trend was stronger in men than women.
Lead researcher Professor Kay-Tee Khaw stated: “The study shows that high sugar levels, even when they are below those of diagnosed diabetes, could be linked to increased risk of bowel cancer.
“More research is needed but if the results of our study are confirmed they would be important in developing prevention strategies.”
Professor Khaw considers both diabetes and bowel cancer may share common predisposing factors. It is accepted that a high fibre diet and regular exercise can help protect against both diseases.
Professor Khaw stated: “Understanding these metabolic changes, and the lifestyle factors responsible, may help us to prevent and treat cancer.”

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