According to a study reported in American Journal of Gastroenterology, the researchers from University of California, Berkeley diabetes is an independent risk fact for colon and rectal cancers. A person with diabetes has a 38% higher risk of developing colon cancer compared to other people. Male diabetes patients were found to have a 20% higher risk of developing rectal cancer.
The authors stressed that they took into account variables which might affect the results, such as smoking, obesity and levels of physical activity. They could not point out as to what causes the link between diabetes and colon and rectal cancer.
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