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Diabetes mellitus boosts risk for nonviral liver cancer

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By Jimmy Downs

Saturday March 2, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- Diabetes mellitus may be a risk factor for nonviral hepatocellular carcinoma or liver cancer, according to a study in British Journal of Cancer.

W-P Koh and colleagues analysed data from 63,257 middle aged and older Chinese men and women enrolled in the Singapore Chinese Health Study in 1993 to 1998 and found that participants who had diagnosed diabetes mellitus at baseline were at 114 percent increased risk for nonviral hepatocellular carcinoma during a 14-year follow-up.

The researchers concluded "A history of diabetes at baseline is highly associated with non-viral HCC. Future studies are warranted to elucidate the biological mechanism underpinning the role of diabetes in nonviral-related hepatocarcinogenesis."

Diabetes mellitus has been associated with many serious health conditions including diabetic cardiomyopathy, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, coronary artery disease, diabetic myonecrosis, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, diabetic foot, diabetic encephalopathy, and restrictive lung defect.

Diabetes mellitus in many cases is very easy to prevent.   A study has found that those who have already developed pre-diabetes may take 6 grams of curcumin daily for a few months may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Other helpful preventatives that can be used include cinnamon and bitter melon.

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