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Diabetic patients have a higher risk of death after cancer surgery

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Diabetes Test HandDiabetic patients who undergo cancer surgery have a 50% higher risk of death in the month following their operations than those who have cancer but not diabetes, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

The higher risk of death could be linked to infection or cardiovascular compromise, because is well known that diabetes is a risk factor for infection as well as a strong predicator of heart attack and death from cardiovascular disease.

The researchers, led by Hsin-Chieh “Jessica” Yeh, reviewed and analyzed 15 previously published medical studies and found that patients diagnosed with cancer that also have Type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of death after surgery. The medical studies included information about diabetes and mortality among patients after cancer surgery and ranged from 70 to 32,621 patients.

“The ultimate question of whether better diabetes management in people with cancer increases their survival after surgery can’t be answered by this study,” said Yeh. “More research will be needed to figure this out.”

Source: EurekAlert!

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