Patients 50 and older diagnosed with diabetes between 1950 and 1995 face a greater risk of cancer of the pancreas. The study, which included 2122 patients from Rochester, Minn, looked at diagnosis of pancreatic cancer during the 45-year period. Of the patients, 18 were diagnosed with the cancer within 3 years.
The researchers compared this rate with the frequency of pancreatic cancer expected for individuals of similar age and sex without diabetes. The group recently diagnosed with diabetes had 8 times the expected rate. "Our goal now is to identify a marker in the blood that will enable us to distinguish diabetes associated with pancreatic cancer from the far more common type 2 diabetes," said lead investigator Suresh Chari, MD. (The findings were reported in Gastroenterology, August 2005.)
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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