London: Too much glucose in the blood isunhealthy, doctors have said for long. Now, a new study hasfound that high blood sugar can raise the risk of developingcancer, with women sufferers being the most vulnerable. Scientists in Sweden have carried out the study andfound people, particularly the women, with high blood sugarlevels face a greater danger of developing cancer and die fromthe disease as well.
"Significant increases in risk among men were foundfor incident and fatal cancer of the liver, gallbladder, andrespiratory tract, for incident thyroid cancer and multiplemyeloma, and for fatal rectal cancer. "In women, significant associations were foundfor incident and fatal cancer of the pancreas, for incidenturinary bladder cancer, and for fatal cancer of the uterinecorpus, cervix uteri and stomach," the scientists wrote inthe `Public Library of Science Medicine` journal. Dr Panagiota Mitrou, Science Programme Manager atWorld Cancer Research Fund which funded the study, said thefindings "raise the possibility that controlling blood sugarlevels may be a way to reduce risk of some cancers". However, disagreed Dr Iain Frame, Director of Researchat Diabetes UK: "It would be wrong to conclude that high bloodglucose levels alone are causing the increase in cancer casesand deaths. Nor can we say that, by controlling blood glucoselevels alone, we could lower the risk of cancer." Added Dr Laura Bell of Cancer Research UK: "This isan interesting study looking at blood-sugar levels and cancerrisk but it`s really only looking at one part of a complicatedpicture."PTI