Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Reduce Risk Of Death From Cancer

  • Mary Nichols , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Apr, 18, 2016, 02:14 AM
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(Photo : Getty Images/Franck Fife) A commonly used diabetes drug, used to treat Type 2 diabetes, could have the potential to lower cancer death risks, according to a new study.

A commonly used diabetes drug, used to treat Type 2 diabetes, could have the potential to lower cancer death risks, a new study has found.

Researchers found an association between Metformin and a lesser risk of cancer death when compared to other diabetes medications, writes Tech Times.

The association was particularly prevalent among postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that women with both cancer and Type 2 diabetes had a 45 percent higher chance of dying from cancer compared to those with cancer, but not diabetes.

However, the researchers found that women with cancer, who took Metformin as part of their type 2 diabetes treatment had the same level of risk as those women with cancer, but without diabetes.

"Metformin users, particularly long-term users, may be at lower risk of developing certain cancers and dying from cancer, compared to users of other anti-diabetes medications," the authors wrote.

Study lead author Zhihong Gong from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York says the results could suggest that metformin could be a better option for the treatment of type 2 diabetes treatment compared to other drugs prescribed for postmenopausal women with cancer.

The team analyzed data gathered from 1993 to 1993, which was taken from almost 146,000 postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 79 years old.

The researchers found that the participants in the study had a 25 to 35 percent chance of developing colon and endometrial cancers. The risk was doubled for cancers involving the liver and pancreas.

According to Gong, the study suggests that diabetes-sufferers still bear a higher risk factor for cancer-associated death.
While the study could provide evidence for future treatments, it does not prove that Metformin is responsible for the prevention or reduction of deaths from cancer.

The study was published in the International Journal of Cancer.

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