Watch out, increased blood sugar could trigger cancer risks!
The increase in blood sugar not only can increase the risk of diabetes, but also gives an impact on cancer risk. Recent studies reveal that the increase in blood sugar levels to at a state of pre-diabetes can increase the risk of cancer in a person.
Blood sugar increase to a pre-diabetes increases a person’s risk of developing cancer up to 15 percent higher, based on 16 studies published in Diabetologia.
The state of pre-diabetes is when the body’s blood sugar levels rise but has not reached the stage of diabetes mellitus. In this study, researchers focused on two definitions of pre-diabetes, the fasting blood glucose levels (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance levels. If both of these are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes, that stage is called pre-diabetes.
Previous research has shown a link between the number of pre-diabetes and cancer, but still did not find a clear result. So the researchers conducted a study of 16 studies involving 890,000 people from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States.
They found that the increase in blood sugar to pre-diabetes can increase the risk of overall cancer up to 15 percent higher. Although the risk for each type of cancer can vary, but the pre-diabetic state is associated with liver cancer, pancreatic, breast, lung, prostate, ovarian, and bladder cancer.
So, why is that? One theory is that the increase in blood sugar levels is considered as a carcinogenic factor. Another theory explains that the increase in blood sugar can trigger cancer cells to grow and evolve.