Diabetes could raise cancer risk because of how high blood sugar levels affect DNA

Recent research shows that diabetes could possibly raise the risk of cancer due to how high blood sugar affects DNA.

Researchers studied tissue and mice with diabetes. It was found that a higher level of blood glucose seems to spike how much damage DNA suffers. Further, DNA strands became more prone to breaking, and high blood sugar possibly stood in the way of it being repaired. This, the team thinks, could lead to what is known as genomic instability: mutations that are characteristic of the majority of cancers.

Further research is needed to understand the possible occurrences of this in humans. The research was presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition.

Scientists studied tissue and mice to find out more about the link between the conditions.

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