Type 2 Diabetes – High Blood Sugar and Certain Bacteria Increase the Risk of Benign Colon Tumors

A species of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori is linked to a high danger of developing stomach ulcers and benign tumors of the colon. Type 2 diabetes is also a known risk factor for benign colonic tumors. Scientists in Taiwan found having both risk factors puts people at an even higher risk of developing the tumors than either factor alone. The increased risk seen in both health problems at one time is greater than a mere addition to both risks. Researchers term this a synergistic effect.

In May 2017, the Journal of Clinical and Endocrinological Metabolism reported on 3,943 patients seen at the MacKay Memorial Hospital…

  • the patients who had H.pylori in their colon had about a 37 percent risk of developing benign tumors.
  • those without H.pylori had about a 27 percent risk.
  • anyone with a HbA1c of 7.0 percent or over were at a 68 percent higher risk than those with better blood sugar control.
  • those patients with both a high HbA1c and H. pylori had more than four times the risk of adenoma than those with HbA1c levels below 7.0 per cent and no H. pylori.

Other risk factors included…

  • male gender,
  • age, and the
  • body mass index (BMI)

The investigators concluded some interaction between H. pylori and high blood sugar levels increased the risk of adenoma. Although adenomas are benign, they can become adenocarcinomas, which are cancerous.

Adenocarcinomas grow in places where mucous is secreted, such as in the lungs and the colon. The American Cancer Society recommends the following ways of cutting your risk of colorectal cancer…

  • cut down on eating red and processed meats,
  • stay physically active,
  • maintain a healthy weight, and
  • avoid drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day in women and two in men
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Adenocarcinomas often have no signs or symptoms in early stages, so being tested can be life-saving. The Center for Disease Control in the United States recommends screening for colon cancer starting at age 50…

  • simple tests can look for blood or cancer cells in the stool.
  • colonoscopy, in which a lighted tube shows the inside of the bowel, is performed every ten years or every five years for individuals at high risk.

The following can be signs and symptoms…

  • more than a few days of diarrhea, constipation, or abnormally narrow stools.
  • feeling the need to have a bowel movement without being able to do so.
  • losing bright red blood via the rectum.
  • abdominal cramping or pain.
  • feeling weak or tired, and
  • losing weight without trying.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

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