Attention! Diabetes may be an early warning sign for pancreatic cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 31, 2017

Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

According to a new study, the onset of diabetes, or a rapid deterioration in existing diabetes that needs to be treated more aggressively, could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer.  The researchers who conducted this study analysed data on nearly a million patients with type 2 diabetes.


Type 2 diabetes

Image source : shutterstock

Researchers found that 50 percent of all pancreatic cancer cases were diagnosed within a year of patients being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and being given thier first precription to control the condition.

It was found that patients who had type -2 diabetes and were managing it with oral-diabteic drugs, had greater risk of beging diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the first three months after thier first preciption for incretins (metabolic hormones that stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin to lower blood glucose levels).

In addition, patients who switched to more aggressive anti-diabetic therapy with injections of insulin when their diabetes deteriorated, had increased risk by seven-fold of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the study said.

According to the researchers, although there is currently no good, non-invasive method for detecting pancreatic cancer that is not yet showing any visible signs or symptoms but they strongly believe the results of their study will encourage the search for blood markers indicating the presence of pancreatic cancer, which could guide decisions to perform a confirmation examination like endoscopy.

Pancreatic cancer is considered one of the most lethal cancers, partly because it is difficult to diagnose at an early stage and because there are few effective treatments for it. Less than one per cent of people live for ten or more years after a diagnosis.

The research was presented at the ongoing European Cancer Congress 2017 held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Top image source : Shutterstock

Read more on Health News

News source : IANS

Write a Review Feedback
Is it Helpful Article?YES405 Views 0 Comment
Post a Comment

Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.

  • All
  • Article
  • Slideshow
  • Video

    Medical Miracle

    India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?