A Mayo Clinic physician research team has found that older women with diabetes face a more than doubled risk for some types of colorectal cancer. Their findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association, which ran from May 1st to 5th in New Orleans, LA.

Researchers examined data from 37,695 participants of the Iowa Women’s Health http://www.ourhealthissues.com/product-category/womens-health/ Study, which enrolled women ages 55 to 69 in 1986. Of the participants, 2,361 reported a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and 1,200 developed colorectal cancer. The researchers then worked with regional labs to crosscheck tumour tissue samples with the participants’ cancer pathways and risk factors.

The causal link between diabetes and colorectal cancer is not yet fully understood. Since both diabetes and colorectal cancer are both extremely common in the United States, “making links between these disorders has substantial public health implications,” according to Dr. Paul Limburg, Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

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