Fact or Myth: Insulin Boosts Heart & Cancer Risk
By Kathleen Blanchard RN for EmaxHealth.com
Previous studies raise concern that taking insulin might increase heart risks for people living with type 2 diabetes. A new study however, puts those concerns to rest and debunks the myth that long-term insulin use will lead to heart disease or cancer.
Taking insulin for pre-diabetes no heart risk
Dr. Hertzel Gerstein, principal investigator of the study, professor of medicine at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and deputy director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences said in a press release:
“People have been debating the question of whether there are adverse consequences to long-term insulin use for years,” he said. “This study provides the clearest answer yet to that question: No, there are not.”
Patients studied who were given insulin for pre-diabetes experienced the benefit of a 28% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes, even after daily insulin injections stopped.
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