Author: Dr. Marc Ott
The prevalence rate, which is defined as the total number of cases of the disease in the population at a given time, or the total number of cases in the population, divided by the number of individuals in the population, of type 2 diabetes in the US is approximately 1 in 17 or 5.88 percent. Moreover, according to American Diabetes Association, individuals belonging to specific ethnic groups, such as African Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Native Americans, Asian Americans and other Pacific Islanders, are at even a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a Caucasian.
The November 2010 issue of Gastroenterology magazine, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, published a study showing men suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus face a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC).
That study involved 184,194 adults from the United States, ranging from ages 50 to 74 years old, who took part in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort. The prospective study, which started in 1992, was to determine the relationship between diet, other lifestyle factors and cancer risk. The participants were asked to answer detailed questionnaires on their medical histories, lifestyle habits and other health related factors. These patients were followed up for a period of 15 years.
It was observed that by 2007, a total of 1,567 male participants were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Of the total number of participants diagnosed with colorectal cancer, 227 participants belonged to the group of 6,529 men with type 2 diabetes and the remaining 1,340 participants belonged to the group of 67,000 non-diabetic men.
The researchers concluded that diabetic men were 24% more likely to develop colorectal cancer as compared to their non-diabetic counterparts. Moreover, the men who received insulin treatment to manage their disease were 36% more likely to develop this type of cancer. Hyperinsulinemia and Hyperglycemia, which occur during the initial stages of type 2 diabetes, play an important role in elevating the risk of colorectal cancer in men.
Much of the statistical information in this article was provided by WrongDiagnosis.com, a credible online resource for medical health information.
If you, or someone you know is a type 2 diabetic, or shows symptoms of being a type 2 diabetic, please see a doctor as soon as possible. Diabetes is a very serious disease that can create permanent damage if left untreated.
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