Does diabetes cause pancreatic cancer?

diabetes1.fwSometimes I hear people ask, “Does diabetes cause pancreatic cancer?” No, but diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. We know that diabetics, especially those with long-standing Type II diabetes, have a higher risk of developing cancer of the pancreas than those who have no history of diabetes.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has tripled since 1980 in the United States. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, that’s nearly 10% of the population.

Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism, involving how our body uses sugar, or glucose. There are three types of diabetes: type I, II and gestational, or pregnancy-related. The most common type is type II. Type II diabetes comprises about 90%-95% of people with diabetes. It’s associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, physical inactivity and certain ethnicities.

Over the last 30 years, we’ve become a nation that is more overweight, less active and that eats more processed foods. If the current trend continues in the United States, one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. Continue reading