Type 2 diabetes patients 'ignore blood sugar after cancer diagnosis'

30 November 2012

When people with type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with cancer, they typically begin to ignore their diabetes treatment in order to focus on combating the cancer, new research has found.

However, it is important to warn these patients against doing so because uncontrolled high blood sugar is more likely to kill them, and it impairs the ability of their immune system to fight cancer.

People with type 2 diabetes are more at risk from cancer than the general population, note the authors of the study, which was conducted at Northwestern University.

The research found that after people with type 2 diabetes received education about diabetes after a cancer diagnosis, they were more likely to look after their blood sugar.

This resulted in fewer trips to the emergency room, a reduced number of hospital admissions, lower health care costs and increased blood sugar testing, compared to people who did not undergo the operation.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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