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  • Colon cancer: Blood sugar, insulin and belly fat associated with increased risk

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    Monday, March 22, 2004 12:56 pm Email this article
    Elevated blood sugar levels, insulin levels and belly fat increase the risk of colon cancer according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    The risk of colon cancer was 80 percent higher in the one-fourth of subjects with the highest fasting blood sugar levels compared to the one-forth with the lowest.

    A higher-than-average fasting insulin level was associated with a 60 percent increase in risk, and a large waist circumference was associated with 90 percent greater risk.

    This study provided the first direct evidence of an association between belly fat, its metabolic effects and colon cancer according to the authors.

    The study included 5849 people.


    Schoen RE; Tangen CM; Kuller LH; Burke GL; Cushman M; Tracy RP; Dobs A; Savage PJ. Increased blood glucose and insulin, body size, and incident colorectal cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1999 Jul 7, 91(13):1147-54.

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