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Prostate cancer risk reduced in patients with long term diabetes

A recent study has concluded that men with type 2 diabetes may be less at risk of developing prostate cancer but only if diabetes had been present for more than four years. Results showed that men diagnosed with diabetes within the last three years had marginally higher rates of prostate cancer than non-diabetic men but those that had diabetes for more than four years had their risk of prostate cancer reduced by a third. The cause of the time dependence is probably due to the fact that insulin levels increase in the early stages of diabetes but drop markedly as the disease progresses.

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About: Prostate cancer risk reduced in patients with long term diabetes

Date: 18 January 2005

Source: Reuters Health

URL: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=7359391

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