A major European study has found that women with high blood sugar levels are at an increased risk of developing cancer.
High blood sugar levels can be caused by eating too much sugary food, and also by disease conditions such as diabetes.
The study, which looked at 64,500 people over the course of 13 years, linked high blood sugar with cancers of the pancreas, skin, womb, and urinary tract. High blood sugar was also linked to breast cancer for women under 49.
Women in the top quarter of blood sugar readings had a 26 percent higher chance of developing cancer than those in the bottom quarter.
The research also found evidence that rates of unusually high blood sugar levels increase with advancing age.
Dr. Mercola’s Comment:
Most people, physicians certainly included, are absolutely clueless how devastating sugar can be on your health. They just don’t understand how something that tastes so good can be so damaging to your health.
That is one of the reasons why the typical American, and I am confident that includes most all doctors, consume 175 pounds of sugar EVERY year.
If you ever questioned how much sugar worsens your risks of developing cancer, this should be eye-opening. This important study shows that high blood sugars can increase your risk of cancer even when there are no signs of life-shortening type 2 diabetes.
This has to do with the amazing hormone insulin. A fasting blood insulin level is one of the most important tests you can have and it is relatively inexpensive. If you are walking around with a high fasting insulin level you are a walking time bomb.
Ideally it should be below 3 or 4. Anything over 10 is a disaster. The higher the number the worse you are. I like to see insulin levels 2 or lower.
There is just no question that if you have cancer or are interested in reducing your risk of developing cancer, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure your fasting insulin levels are normal, ideally below 5. As I said, this is a very simple and inexpensive test to perform and should be regularly monitored if you have or are at risk for cancer.
When your blood sugar rises in response to eating carbohydrates, your pancreas releases insulin. Insulin ensures your cells receive blood sugar necessary for life, but high levels of insulin can cause major damage to your body.
The most recognized of these is diabetes. In addition, hypertension, obesity, high levels of cholesterol and other lipids, heart disease, kidney disease, female infertility and neurodegeneration are all caused by eating too many carbohydrates, resulting in high insulin levels.
High insulin levels are also one of the most potent ways that you can increase your rate of aging. Conversely have low insulin levels and you slow down your aging rate.
Another absolutely essential tool for you to actively engage in is to follow a diet appropriate for your metabolic type. What would be a great anti-cancer food for someone might actually increase someone else’s risk for cancer. So, if you don’t know your metabolic type yet, please sign up for our free mini-course.