Diabetes pills lower the risk of breast cancer

Diabetes pills lower the risk of breast cancer

Diabetes medication and avoiding obesity reduce the risk of breast cancer
Breast cancer is a disease that is particularly dangerous for women and is often fatal. For a long time, doctors have been looking for ways to better treat the disease. Now researchers have discovered that diabetes pills may help lower the risk of breast cancer.

Apparently there is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen found in a study that diabetes pills can help lower the risk of breast cancer. The researchers published the results of their study at the "European Breast Cancer Conference" in Amsterdam.

Metformin reduces the likelihood of dense breast tissue
The researchers examined the effects of a diabetes drug on the development of breast cancer. They found that the inexpensive diabetes pills actually reduce the likelihood of developing breast cancer. If women take the pills regularly, they have a 40 percent lower risk of developing dense breast tissue, the British newspaper "The Telegraph" quotes the doctors. This tissue is one of the biggest risk factors for the development of tumors. The study from the University of Copenhagen examined the influence of metformin. The drug has already been hailed as a supposed “miracle cure” because of its life-prolonging effect. These pills for the routine treatment of diabetes have been able to surprise in previous studies with a protective effect against heart diseases and some types of cancer.

Injecting insulin doubles the likelihood of dense breast tissue
The new study examined almost 5,700 women with an average age of 56 years. All subjects underwent mammography screening between 1993 and 2001. The study is the first to determine the effects of diabetes treatments on breast tissue density. Women who controlled their disease through diet or medication showed a lower breast density. Insulin injections, for example, had exactly the opposite effect. Women who regularly inject insulin have twice as often a high breast density, which increases the likelihood of breast cancer, the researchers quoted as the "Telegraph".

High breast density makes mammography difficult
One in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. The so-called breast density is one of the main risk factors for the disease. A high density can also make it difficult to identify the disease using mammography. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, but the exact causes and effects are still unclear, explains Dr. Zorana Jovanovic Andersen from the University of Southern Denmark opposite the "Telegraph". One of the properties of cancer cells is to grow quickly and uncontrollably. In addition, the cells resist the programmed cell death that occurs in non-cancer cells, Jovanovic continues. Growth factors are crucial for the development of cancer and its progression, the doctor adds to the "Telegraph".

Diabetes pills reduce breast density, insulin increases breast density
We know that insulin is an important growth factor for all body tissues. It is not exactly known how it affects the development of cancer cells, but it is very plausible that insulin increases breast density, the "Telegraph" quotes the expert. Dr. Andersen further explains that more research is needed to investigate the links between breast density and other risk factors for the disease. In the meantime, all women are advised to take steps to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer through simple lifestyle changes. For example, obesity should be avoided and alcohol consumption reduced. However, the current results suggest that treatment of diabetes with diets or tablets (active ingredient metformin) can reduce breast density, while therapy with insulin increases breast density. However, the study was relatively small and more research is now needed to understand the actual effects of diabetes treatments on breast density and breast cancer. It is still too early to advise women to take diabetes medication to protect themselves from breast cancer, the researchers explain. (as)

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