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General Health : Diseases Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Diabetes may be a risk for lymphoma
By Sue Mueller
Dec 15, 2008 - 9:15:29 AM

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A new study in the Dec 2008 issue of Diabetes Care showed that people with diabetes were more likely to suffer blood cancers classified as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or NHL than those without.

 

Dr. Anastassios G. Pittas and colleagues at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston confirmed the link after they reviewed 16 previous studies reporting an association between diabetes and NHL.

 

They found people with diabetes were 19 percent more likely to develop NHL than those who did not have the condition.

 

The researchers suggested that the immune changes associated with diabetes may be in part responsible for the elevated risk of NHL.





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