AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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High Blood Sugar Could Mean Lower Risk of One Type of Brain Tumor

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Study finds women with high blood sugar have lower risk of benign tumors

High blood sugar is a component of diabetes and serves as a precursor to its development. Furthermore, Type 2 diabetes and obesity are closely related. Both of these conditions have been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer. However, with meningiomas, this does not seem to be the case. In a study of 41,000 individuals with a meningioma diagnosis within the last 15 years, researchers found that women, especially those with high blood sugar, were less likely to have received that diagnosis. “It’s so unexpected. Usually diabetes and high blood sugar raises the risk of cancer, and it’s opposite here,” said Schwartzbaum, an associate professor of epidemiology and a researcher in Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. The work appears this month in the British Journal of Cancer. To read more, click here.

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