Breast cancer is rarely caused by just one thing. More often than not, it's a mix of environmental factors, lifestyle choices and genetics. Healthy history can also play a role. A new study links diabetes with breast cancer, but the connection may have more to do with doctors than just diabetes.
The new Canadian study, which was published in Diabetes Care, found that women who were recently diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to also get a breast cancer diagnosis as compared to those women without diabetes. While this isn't the first study to link breast and diabetes, the study findings suggest that this may be partially due to the fact that doctors find more breast cancer in diabetics because they're looking harder and patients come in for appointments more often, not necessarily because diabetes raises a woman's cancer risk, according to Fox News.
However, researchers aren't ready to rule out diabetes as a risk factor altogether. Other reasons for the link between breast cancer and diabetes may be because of certain behaviors that increase the risk of both, like smoking, not exercising and eating a poor diet. Additionally, diabetics' changes in insulin and blood sugar levels could make it easier for breast tumors to grow, researchers hypothesize.
No matter the reason, breast cancer and diabetes are serious health issues. Just another reason to embrace a healthy lifestyle!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.