Diabetes quadruples early death risk for cancer patients

Cancer patients with pre-existing diabetes have a significantly higher risk of early death new research shows, prompting calls for closer collaboration between endocrinologists and oncologists.

In a study of over 420,000 patients, Danish researchers discovered that cancer patients with diabetes who were treated with insulin were four times more likely to die prematurely than those not treated with insulin.

Risk of early death was highest when diabetes and cancer diagnoses occurred within one year, the study authors noted in this

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