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Prediabetes may increase the risk of Cancer

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KHQ.COM- New research reveals prediabetes may increase the risk of certain cancers.

Chinese scientists looked at 16 studies on the link between cancer and prediabetes when blood sugar levels are elevated, but aren't high enough to qualify as diabetes.  Prediabetics had a 15-percent increased overall risk of cancer but the association was strongest for stomach, colorectal, liver, pancreatic, breast and endometrial cancers.

Researchers say these findings are concerning because rates of diabetes and prediabetes are growing quickly in many countries. The drug Metformin has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer in diabetic patients but more studies are needed to see if it can help people with prediabetes.

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