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High blood sugar levels increase cancer risk

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.

Checked 9/10/10

August 26th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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