There remains no doubt that pancreatic cancer is one of the more devastating cancers.  Survival times are short and 5 year survival rates are almost unheard of.  Treatment rarely improves outcomes while reducing quality of life.  With all their resources, even Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze were not able to overcome pancreatic cancer.  For all these reasons and more, prevention remains key.

Many still do not understand that pancreatic cancer is heavily preventable and this is not the first time I have posted on this topic.  There is a very, very strong relationship to the diabetic progression and pancreatic cancer.  That means that merely being on the path to diabetes massively increases your risk for one of the deadliest cancers humans can experience.

I am posting again purely to remind all of the Rantings readers again that living an anti-diabetic lifestyle is NOT just about avoiding diabetes.  A pro-diabetic lifestyle is, ultimately, an early death sentence.  Heart attack, stroke, cancer, kidney failure.  Take your pick.  It likely won’t be diabetes that will kill you, it will be something that diabetes increases your risk for.

Basically, in this particular study, those having been recently diagnosed with diabetes (< 2 years duration) were at an over 500% increased risk of pancreatic cancer.  Whether this indicates that the early stages of pancreatic cancer was actually the cause of the diabetes or whether the progression to diabetes increased the risk of the cancer does not really matter.  Much research supports the later and that lifestyle changes that lower the risk of diabetes also lower the risk of pancreatic cancer.

What are you waiting for?

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.