Type 2 Diabetes – Stomach Cancer and the Diabetes Connection

Type 2 Diabetes – Stomach Cancer and the Diabetes Connection

According to an analysis of several studies, preventing stomach cancer is likely a good reason for preventing or controlling diabetes. That’s what Investigators at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea reported on in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in February 2013.

They looked at the results of seventeen studies of diabetes and stomach cancer, and analyzed them as if they were one study. People diagnosed with diabetes were found to have a 19 percent higher risk of cancer of the stomach than the non-diabetic participants.

The National Cancer Institute expects to see 21,600 new cases of cancer in the stomach in 2013, along with 10,990 deaths. The World Health Organization estimates stomach cancer is responsible for 736,000 deaths per year worldwide.

Stomach cancer can cause a person to feel full after a small meal because the tumor takes up part of the stomach. Loss of appetite and weight loss can also be present. Other signs and symptoms include:

abdominal pain,
difficulty swallowing,
dark stools,
vomiting (sometimes with blood),
weakness, and a general feeling of poor health.
Factors other than diabetes can also increase the risk of developing cancer in your stomach:

family history of stomach cancer is one.
a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, is another. (H. pylori is also responsible for stomach ulcers).
stomach inflammation or polyps can also lead to cancer.
pernicious anemia, in which patients are unable to absorb vitamin B12, is also associated with the disease, as is smoking.
When stomach cancer is suspected a patient can be given:

1. Barium drinks to swallow and then their stomach is x-rayed. If tumors or other abnormalities are seen…
2. A gastroscopy, in which a tube with a light is put through the mouth and down into the stomach so the radiologist or gastroenterologist can look at the stomach lining directly. A biopsy, in which a small bit of a tumor or other abnormally appearing area is cut out, can be performed. Examining the biopsy specimen under a microscope can finalize the diagnosis.

When stomach cancer is diagnosed, other tests can be performed to determine whether it has spread to other sections of the digestive system or to the bones. The stage at which the cancer is found and whether it has spread can help to determine treatment. Part of the stomach can be removed surgically or chemotherapy or radiotherapy can be used.

To do your best to avoid stomach cancer, eat healthily, exercise regularly, keep your weight under control, and avoid smoking.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. The condition need not slowly and inevitably get worse. You can take control of the disease… take back your health and prevent any of the associated complications.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

The answer isn’t in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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