Adults with type 2 diabetes face a lot of serious health disorders, including about twice the increased risk of pancreatic cancer as those without the disease. Pancreatic cancer is relatively rare but typically has poor survival, partly because it’s often not diagnosed until the late stages.
Now a study suggests that the development of diabetes can be an early sign of pancreatic cancer for African-Americans and Latinos who are diagnosed with diabetes later in life. This study also confirms previous research, that having diabetes increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
The study was published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Diabetes is more common in African-Americans and Latinos than white individuals living in the US. African Americans also have higher rates of pancreatic cancer incidence and mortality than any other racial or ethnic group.
The recently released Third Expert Report – Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective, concludes that daily physical activity provides a powerful protection against cancer. The report recommends individuals to achieve at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity per week and for more protection to aim for 45 to 60 minutes per day. Another important part of the recommendation is “walk more and sit less.”
Getting regular physical activity is one of the ten recommendations in the report that altogether work as a lifestyle package for cancer prevention. Over the next several weeks we will break down the physical activity guidelines in the report to help you better understand what they mean for you and how you can apply them to your lifestyle and personal circumstances.
I was thrilled and honored to be invited to the launch event of AICR/WCRF Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: a Global Perspective. The report was globally launched across continents on May 24, 2018. Referring to the release of the report as a “launch” really was fitting: Think of how a ship launches out to sea, bearing important cargo as it sends ripples in the water that spread far and wide. Here is a sampling of discussions, that I have had with colleagues, friends, and family.