Diabetes drug users should beware of a potential increased risk of cancer, . According to a new study, those who have prescriptions for the diabetes drugs Januvia or Byetta are at a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer, while Byetta may also boost the risk of thyroid cancer.
Although experts stress that the current research is not enough to form any firm conclusions, the findings do warrant some alarm, as well as further studies.
Risk of pancreatic cancer is also linked to obesity, just as diabetes is. So before giving up the meds, the best initial advice to diabetics looking to avoid pancreatic cancer is to lose some weight.
Unfortunately, this study isn’t the first to link diabetes drugs with cancer. Users of Actos were found to have a significantly greater risk of bladder cancer. On the other hand, untreated diabetes also can leave you vulnerable to cancer. Another study found that men with type 2 diabetes have an increased chance of developing colorectal cancer.
Perhaps the best way to avoid all of these diabetes-related cancer risks is to do your best from developing diabetes in the first place. Consider consuming more dairy products to improve your health and prevent diabetes.