Attention! The Risk of THIS Cancer Is Higher in Diabetes patients

Experts believe that there is a strong link between colon cancer and type-2 diabetes, so there are a few ways diabetics should be active to prevent the spread of this deadly cancer. A sedentary lifestyle and a low-fibre and high-fat diet can also raise your risk of colon cancer in type-2 diabetes. Doctors recommend getting regular screening and colonoscopy done to avert any health problem.
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Updated Nov 19, 2023 | 05:56 PM IST

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Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum, depending on where they start, as the cells in the body begin to grow out of control

New Delhi: It is not easy to manage type-2 diabetes, which causes a lot of issues and side effects to other organs as well. According to experts, many of those suffering from diabetes are obese, which is associated with higher incidences of colon cancer and an increased risk of death from the disease.
A sedentary lifestyle and a low-fibre and high-fat diet can also raise your risk of colon cancer and Type-2 diabetes.
Colorectal cancer generally starts in the colon or the rectum, depending on where they start, as the cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.

How does diabetes increase the risk of cancer?

According to studies, high levels of insulin and sugar create an environment in your colon in which cancer can grow more easily.
The high blood sugar that happens with Type-2 diabetes also increases total body inflammation, which makes the body more susceptible to developing cancer.
Also, higher levels of insulin in the blood, known as hyperinsulinemia, which happens due to insulin resistance explains the association between diabetes and colon cancer. 1
A recent study published in the JAMA Network found that people who have had diabetes within the last five years have the highest risk of developing this cancer, and so it is extremely important for diabetics to be screened and undergo colonoscopy regularly.
Doctors say, that by identifying the risks in time, measures can be taken to reduce the danger.

What is colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your health care provider check the inside of your entire colon or large intestine. It is usually performed with a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope which has a light and a tiny camera on one end. The rod is put in your rectum and moved into your colon.
Also, apart from colonoscopy, a few other ways to prevent colorectal cancer among diabetics include:

Diet

If you suffer from diabetes, eating a diet low in fat is recommended, apart from regularly eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which help reduce the risk of diseases.

Physical activity

According to studies, physical activity or regular exercise helps decrease the risk of colon cancer in those with type-2 diabetes.
Apart from helping you lose weight and bringing a significant change in your BMI, exercising also keeps you fit and toned.

Alcohol

According to the CDC, it is important to drink less alcohol or completely quit it to lower your risk of cancer.
Drinking not only causes low blood sugar, dangerous for people with diabetes, but is also a reason for many other ailments as well.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet
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