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Diabetes May Be A Warning Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

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New research suggests that diabetes may be an early warning of pancreatic cancer. In studying patients with pancreatic cancer, researchers determined that half had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the prior year. The study involved 368,377 people with type 2 diabetes in Belgium and 456,311 in Italy. Across a five-year period, there were 885 and 1,872 cases of pancreatic cancer, respectively. Researchers found that patients had a risk 3.5 times higher of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer compared to those on non-insulin, non-incretin diabetes treatments in their first three months after their first incretin prescription. Read a summary of the study at WebMD.