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Colon Cancer and Diabetes

Woman bald from cancerAre you familiar with insulin?

It’s a hormone secreted by the pancreas, and it’s the key that “unlocks” cells, allowing glucose (sugar) to enter them to deliver energy to the body. Insulin is what keeps your blood sugar levels balanced.

With type 2 diabetes, the body does not respond well to insulin. Because the body’s cells aren’t “opening the door” when insulin comes knocking, the body will keep churning out more insulin, in an effort to lower blood sugar levels. 

As you can imagine, the overproduction of insulin isn’t good for the body.

According to an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal, the high amount of circulating insulin in prediabetics and diabetics can stimulate tumor growth, especially in the colon.

In fact, the rate of colon cancers is growing (about 1% a year in Americans 49 and younger), and experts think it’s due, in part, to rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to stave off disease. So many of them, like cancer and diabetes, are interconnected and can have devastating, life-threatening consequences.

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