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is diabetes a risk factor for colon cancer?

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Dr. Martin Tyson
Addiction Medicine 27 years experience
No: It is not a risk.
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes : A very large study published this year with almost 500, 000 patients revealed that patients with diabetes have an average of 25% higher risk for colon cancer. Good news is that metformin pills seem to protect against colon cancer. Many studies have supported this finding. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22778198/.

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A 54-year-old female asked:

Does cows milk cause diabetes 1 and colon cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I think probably not: I've followed the diabetes claim for two decades; there are a bunch of good prospective studies showing no effect though the group originally reporting the finding is standing by its results. The studies on colon cancer and diet over the past decade surprised me -- the link with animal protein is weak at best. 2005 swedish study -- heavy dairy consumers had only 59% colon ca risk of others.

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