Type 2 Diabetes – Eat a Healthy Diet to Help Prevent Diabetes and Cancer of the Stomach

Type 2 Diabetes – Eat a Healthy Diet to Help Prevent Diabetes and Cancer of the Stomach

There have been some studies that appear to associate stomach cancer with Type 2 diabetes, but a cause and effect relationship has not been established. One way of showing cause and effect would be to demonstrate a mechanism by which diabetes could cause cancer in the stomach. Researchers at the National Cancer Center and Jikei University in Japan have found some associations that could lead to finding some way Type 2 diabetes could be responsible for causing this particular type of cancer.

Their study, published 30 July 2014 in the International Journal of Cancer, looked at…

blood insulin,
blood sugar, and
C-peptide levels
in 477 individuals with cancer and 477 controls. Over a four-year period high insulin levels were associated with high risk for cancer developing in the stomach. High insulin levels indicate insulin resistance, the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Those with the highest insulin levels had more than twice the risk of developing stomach cancer during the study than those with normal insulin levels.

Men with high levels of C-peptide were 91 percent more likely to develop stomach cancer than those with the lowest levels. C-peptide is another indicator of how much insulin the pancreas is making. Insulin resistance measured directly was also associated with a high risk for developing cancer in the stomach.

According to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, United States, an estimated 22,200 new cases of stomach cancer and 10,990 deaths from the disease will occur in the USA tin 2014. According to World Cancer Research Fund International, stomach cancer is the fifth commonest type in the world, with 952,00 new cases recorded in 2012. Asian countries have the highest rates, although the disease can strike anywhere.

People diagnosed with cancer in their stomach often complain of feeling full after eating less than their normal meals…

stomach discomfort,
slight nausea, and
can all accompany the cancer.

The cancer can be seen directly with an endoscope or fiber optic tube, which is swallowed. The doctor looks through the endoscope at the inside of the stomach to see abnormalities which can be sampled or biopsied. Biopsies are sent to the lab for testing.

If a biopsy shows cancer, then surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are all options but prevention is best…

eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables,
avoiding smoking,
maintaining a normal weight, and
eradicating a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, if present,
are now recommended for preventing stomach cancer. Soon preventing or controlling Type 2 diabetes could be added to the list.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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