People With Diabetes May Have An Increased Risk Of Cancer – Part 3 of 3
The panel also found research that suggests the commonly used type 2 diabetes medication, metformin, might offer users some protection against cancer. Giovannucci said this may be because the dope reduces insulin resistance and lowers the need for additional insulin, or that metformin may act on cells in other direct or indirect ways. Giovannucci said that the most important note to take away from this research is the “profound effects that lifestyle changes can have on your risk of diabetes and your risk of cancer”.
He said it’s not always the most popular message, but to lower the risk of cancer, it’s important to ease your body weight, exercise, improve your diet and avoid smoking. Alice Bender, the nutrition communications manager for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), said she wasn’t surprised by the findings in the consensus report. “What we’re inasmuch as is that there are a lot of commonalities between chronic diseases and their risk factors”.
Bender agreed with Giovannucci’s suggestions and said the AICR recommends three guidelines for everyone: Maintain a vigorous body weight; be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day; and, eat a mostly plant-based diet that’s healthy and varied. “At least for cancer, we know that each representative independently lowers the risk of certain cancers, but all three done together are even more powerful. And, I suspect that’s the case for preventing type 2 diabetes also”. Bender also emphasized the beggary to moderate the consumption of alcohol, which means no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.