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Increased risk of cancer death with type 2 diabetes, finds Asian study

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1206 (Published 08 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1206
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Type 2 diabetes is associated with a 26% higher risk of death from any cancer, a large study of people living in east and south Asia has found.

Growing evidence indicates a link between type 2 diabetes and increased risk of cancer, but previous studies have been carried out in Western populations. Asian people are more susceptible to insulin resistance and have a higher prevalence of diabetes than white people at any given body mass index, so the researchers wondered whether cancer risk …

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