London: Too much glucose in the blood is unhealthy, doctors have said for long. Now, a new study has found that high blood sugar can raise the risk of developing cancer, with women sufferers being the most vulnerable. Scientists in Sweden have carried out the study and found people, particularly women, with high blood sugar levels face a greater danger of developing cancer and die from the disease as well. The results suggest that for women the higher the level of sugar in the blood, the higher the risk. For men, there was still an association, but it was weaker, Tanja Stock, a researcher at Umea University who led the study, said. For the study, the scientists examined blood sugar levels in 274,126 men and 275,818 women from Norway, Austria and Sweden with an average age of 44.8, then followed them up a decade later to see how many developed cancer. According to the scientists, the study is significant because it found the increased likelihood of cancer occurred regardless of the participants body mass index levels. Though it does not prove that blood glucose of itself leads to cancer, but it suggests that it might promote tumour growth by acting as a source of fuel for tumour cells, especially fast-growing , highly proliferative cells.
(टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया,दिल्ली,4.1.10)