A shocking new study has found it’s not just elevated blood sugars you need to worry about if you’re battling diabetes. The huge worldwide review of over 20 million people revealed having the disease sends your risk of cancer through the roof too.
Men with diabetes had a 19 percent higher risk of developing cancer than their peers who don’t have blood sugar issues.
And ladies, the news is even worse for you. Your risk of developing cancer is 27 percent higher than women who don’t have diabetes, according to the findings published in the journal Diabetologia.
Research reveals diabetes and cancer link
Number crunching revealed that women with diabetes are a greater risk for leukemia, mouth, kidney and stomach cancers than diabetic men are. But diabetic men have a higher risk of developing liver cancer than diabetic women.
When researchers compared the diabetic women to the men, they found the women had a…
- 11 percent higher risk of kidney cancer
- 13 percent higher risk of oral cancer
- 14 percent higher risk or stomach cancer
- 14 percent higher risk of leukemia
While men’s liver cancer risk was 13 percent higher.
Exploring the diabetes and cancer connection
We need more research to understand the link between diabetes and cancer. But experts believe elevated blood sugars may be doing damage at the DNA level, triggering the mutations.
And they even have a theory why women have an overall six percent higher risk. It turns out women tend to go undiagnosed and undertreated for their diabetes longer. Which means their blood sugars are off balance for an average of two years longer than men’s are.
Getting your blood sugar under tight control as quickly as possible, and keeping it there, could potentially reduce your own risk of cancer. If you’re overweight, losing even a few pounds can drastically reduce elevated blood sugar.
And if your numbers are borderline, losing weight may even bring them back into the normal zone, essentially curing you. Start with cutting back on not just added sugars in your diet, but junk carbohydrates too.
Drive down blood sugar levels naturally
And if you still need a little help these natural blood sugar reducers may be able to help.
Experts say magnesium can help reverse insulin resistance and keep blood sugar under control. The mineral helps your body convert carbohydrates into usable fuel. Which means eating more magnesium-rich foods could help move your own blood sugar numbers a bit closer to normal too.
In one study, researchers found when volunteers took a magnesium supplement they had an average six percent improvement in their blood glucose levels.
Magnesium deficiencies aren’t very common. But it’s easy to fall a bit below optimal levels. And this alone could cause a bump in your blood sugar.
You can raise your magnesium level by eating more magnesium-rich foods including…
- dark chocolate
- legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas)
- seeds (flax, chia, pumpkin)
- fatty fish
You can also ask your doctor about trying a magnesium supplement too. Just be sure to choose one made with magnesium chelate, which is more absorbable.
2. Vitamin D:
Research has found folks with the highest levels of vitamin D are the least likely to develop diabetes in the first place. And your pancreas, which is responsible for regulating your blood sugar, needs plenty of D to do its job efficiently.
But studies show that vitamin D deficiency is quite widespread. Which means low vitamin D levels could be playing a part in your blood sugar issues too.
In one study, a group of pre-diabetic folks with elevated blood sugars took a vitamin D supplement for four months. When researchers ran tests, they found there were significant improvements in their blood sugar levels. And incredibly, the supplement improved beta-cell function in their pancreases.
Your doc can check your D levels for you with a simple test. Or you can buy a testing kit online. If your numbers are below where they should be you can raise them by…
- spending more time in the sunshine with bare skin exposed
- eating more D-enriched dairy, fatty fish, cheese, eggs and beef liver
- taking a vitamin D3 supplement if needed
If you’re battling blood sugar problems, you can’t afford to ignore the diabetes and cancer connection. Do something today to help bring your numbers back down to normal.