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Study sheds light on the relationship between brain cancer and blood sugar

by , 12 July 2017
Study sheds light on the relationship between brain cancer and blood sugar
Studies have found that there are a number of cancers that are more common among people with diabetes. Some of these studies have found a relationship between elevated blood sugar and brain cancer in particular.

A new glioma study published in the journal Scientific Reports further illuminates this surprising relationship and could begin to explain how certain cancers develop.

So does this mean that patients with elevated blood sugar and diabetes have a lower or higher risk of brain cancer and cancerous brain tumours called gliomas? Keep reading to find out...

Study finds that brain cancer is less common among patients with elevated blood sugar and diabetes

The study, which was conducted by researchers at Ohio State University in the United States, found that while many cancers are more prominent among patients with elevated blood sugar and diabetes, brain cancer isn’t one of them. Furthermore, the study found that cancerous brain tumours known as gliomas are also less common among those with blood sugar disorders.
 
This discovery build on previous research by Ohio State University, which suggests that high blood sugar reduces a person’s risk of a non-cancerous known as meningiomas. Judith Schwartzbaum, an associate professor of epidemiology and a research in Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, led both of these studies.

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High blood sugar does increase the risk of other cancers though, including colon, breast and bladder cancer

According to Schwartzbaum, high blood sugar does, however, increase a person’s risk of other types of cancer, including colon, breast and bladder cancer. But in this case, rare malignant brain tumours are more common among people with healthy blood sugar levels than those with elevated blood sugar or diabetes.
 
Schwartzbaum concluded that her research raises questions that, when answered, will help scientists better understand the mechanisms involved in the development of brain cancer and cancerous brain tumours.

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