Lifestyle Changes Can Cut Both Diabetes and Cancer Risk

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By Denise Reynolds RD for

People with diabetes are at risk of certain cancers, but the exact reason why is still not fully understood. But one thing is known – lifestyle changes that prevent or reverse diabetes will also reduce the risk of cancer.

Diabetes, primarily type 2, doubles the risk of liver, pancreatic, and endometrial cancer. It also increases the risk of colorectal, breast and bladder cancer by 20 to 50%. An expert consensus panel of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) met to try to understand why and has written a statement published online in the journal Cancer.

“No matter what science ultimately reveals … we already know what we need to do to lower risk for both cancer and diabetes,” Alice Bender, RD, of the American Institute for Cancer Research, says in a news release.

“Eat a healthy, varied, predominantly plant-based diet, be physically active every day, and maintain a healthy body weight. At least for cancer, we know that each factor independently lowers the risk of certain cancers, but all three done together are even more powerful,” she says.

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