CANCER AND INSULIN?
ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT IS THE ROOT OF AN ASSOCIATION BETWEEN CERTAIN TYPES OF INSULIN AND CANCER? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Lantus insulin, a type of long acting insulin relied upon by many people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar, has recently been fingered as a potential cause of cancer. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says there’s at least one association that does make sense.
SAUDEK: Any time first of all you do these very large studies you find associations between one thing and another and in talking and looking at this article closely the point was made repeatedly that the people who had the increased risk for cancer were people who had very high insulin doses, who were those people? Those would be the obese people, so you really could very well have been seeing the association that’s known between obesity and the increased risk for cancer rather than the fact that they were taking this insulin. :29
While additional research is done, Saudek points out that the dangers of poorly controlled diabetes are real and present, while the dangers of insulin therapy are currently poorly defined. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.