Diabetes is a state in which blood sugar levels are high. Diabetes develops when your pancreas produces little or no insulin or when your body becomes resistant to insulin. While long-standing diabetes may slightly increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, new-onset diabetes is more likely to signal the presence of underlying cancer. However, distinguishing those who have pancreatic cancer-induced diabetes from the more common type 2 diabetes is a significant challenge. Complicating the issue further are results of recent studies suggesting that certain treatments for diabetes may decrease or increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. The search for a marker that could be detected by a blood test and distinguish between diabetes caused by pancreatic cancer and other forms of diabetes is an important area of research. If such a marker could be found, some cases of pancreatic cancer could be diagnosed in the early stages of the disease and treatment started promptly, when it's most effective. New development of diabetes after age 50 may be a harbinger of pancreatic cancer. The rate of pancreatic cancer in a study group was eight times higher than in the general population. The researchers theorize that in some people who developed pancreatic cancer within this group, diabetes was actually caused by the cancer. They believe that pancreatic cancer reduced the pancreas' ability to produce insulin, resulting in diabetes. One test that can reliably detect pancreatic cancer, endoscopic ultrasonography, is an invasive and expensive procedure. Many insurance companies won't cover the cost of this study based on a diabetes diagnosis alone. there are many more questions than answers regarding the connection between diabetes and pancreatic cancer. A significant amount of research is ongoing. If you're concerned about risk of cancer for the one you love, talk to their doctor. And remember, advise that person never to discontinue treatment or change medication without consulting their doctor first.
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It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure.
Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.
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