There’s more evidence that diabetes and cancer are linked, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Diabetes is known to be linked to cardiovascular disease, and now a new study adds to the condition’s association with cancer. Plasma prostasin levels were shown to predict whether a participant would develop diabetes and cancer, and may be useful as a marker. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.

Nelson: There was a 95% increase in the propensity to develop diabetes. The risk to get it was about 76% higher over time. There was an increased risk for cancer mortality it wasn't as strong a one but there's an increased risk for cancer mortality and these folks we're arguing that perhaps you could use a measurement of this along with fasting blood glucose and these other tools to handicap who might be at greater risk to get diabetes and might be a greater risk for cancer.  :31

So you may one day have your plasma prostasin levels measured to predict risk. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.