Women with diabetes draw the short straw

They are more likely to develop cancer than men

Diabetes is linked to an increased risk of developing cancer - particularly among women, new research suggests.

A review of 47 studies involving almost 20 million people has shown for the first time that women with the condition are at a greater risk than men of developing any form of the disease, the authors say.

They warn the gender differences are "not insignificant" and need addressing.

The research by the George Institute for Global Health found women with diabetes are 27% more likely to develop cancer than women without the condition.

Diabetes among men was linked to a 19% higher risk, according to the findings published in the journal Diabetologia.

Overall, the researchers found women with diabetes are 6% more likely to develop any form of cancer than men with diabetes.

"Historically we know that women are often under-treated when