This is what was reported in The Borneo Post dated 7 March 2011.
Doctors know that diabetics have a higher than normal risk of dying of heart attacks or stroke.
New research findings showed that having diabetes also ups the risk of dying from many cancers and other diseases.
The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), collated and analyzed data from 97 previous studies involving more than 820,000 people worldwide.
It found that being a diabetic hiked the odds of dying from cancer by 25%.
Among the biggest cancer risks for diabetics were liver and pancreatic cancer, colorectal or bowel cancer and lung cancer.
Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels with an estimated 280 million people, or 6.4% of the world’s population suffering from it and numbers predicted to rise further as obesity rates also increase.