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Can Insulin Cause Cancer in Diabetic Patients

Type 2 Diabetic patients require artificial means of insulin for their body. The organ Pancreas which produces this hormone naturally, becomes inactive in diabetic patient’s body. According to the latest research report published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, artificial insulin can increase the risk of cancer in diabetic patients. The research study was jointly carried out for three decades by Cancer expert Professor Michael Pollak from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and Diabetes expert Professor David Russell-Jones from The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK. Further research work is awaited, relating insulin and tumour growth. This article tries to gain further insight on this new finding.

Knowledge Gained From the Research Study:

  • The study revealed that the molecular structure of artificial insulin can increase the division of Cancer cells.
  • This can lead to spreading of the disease to new and healthy areas of the body.
  • Insulin and insulin-like drugs can increase risk of colorectal cancer in diabetic patients by 30 percent.
  • Diabetic women have 20 percent more risk of getting breast cancer by using artificial insulin.
  • The risk of developing pancreatic cancer is 82 percent in diabetic patients, on using insulin drugs.
  • Pancreatic cancer risk is found to be the same for patients with short and long history of diabetes.
  • It implies that diabetes and cancer may be intrinsically related, apart from risk factors like obesity and lack of exercise.
  • But famous anti-diabetic drug Metformin, is found to protect diabetic patients from this threat.
  • The researchers find this observation to be interesting and surprising too.
  • Diabetes and Cancer experts all over the world are trying to understand this anti-diabetic drug in a better way.
  • Its cancer prevention abilities are of special interest to them.

Significance of this Finding in American Society: According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 42,470 new cases of Pancreatic cancer in 2009. The deaths were 32,470. 1,92,370 new cases of breast cancer were registered in women. The deaths were 40,170. Type 2 diabetes along with Obesity were declared as Epidemics last year by the government. According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.6 million Senior citizens in America have this disorder.

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