A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute conducted a meta-analysis of all the published data on the link between diabetes and the prevalence and associated mortality from colorectal cancer. The analysis was conducted by Susanna C. Larsson, M.Sc., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues. The researchers found that having diabetes meant that individuals were at a 30 percent risk of developing colorectal cancer than individuals who did not have diabetes. However, they did not find positive correlation between studies conducted in the United States and Europe.
Researchers were also unable to link either sex as having a greater risk of developing colorectal cancer. They also found that the cancer subsite did not play any role increasing the risk of developing the cancer in diabetics. Diabetes was found to be associated with significant mortality from colorectal cancer, although the nature varied from case to case.
Diabetes has emerged as the number one disease that is affecting millions across the globe each day. And the association of colorectal cancer with the disease is a cause for concern. The main problem in diabetes is the decreased immunity which means that a diabetic is more prone to respiratory infections, periodontal problems including bleeding gums as well as delayed wound healing.