If you or someone you love has experienced diabetes firsthand, you know how it can rob you of your eyesight... set your nerves on fire... and even make you lose a foot.
And the longer you live with the disease, the more likely it is that some pretty ghastly complications could follow suit -- from blindness to neuropathy and amputation.
That's not even the worst of it, though, because according to a new meta-analysis, diabetes is also a ticking time bomb that sets you up for one of the deadliest killers around.
And ladies, that's especially true for you.
When researchers pooled data from nearly 50 studies on the link between diabetes and cancer, they found that folks with diabetes were significantly more likely to develop cancer than non-diabetics.
Not just one kind of cancer, either… but ANY kind.
Now, that doesn't prove that diabetes CAUSES cancer -- just that the two diseases are linked.
That comes as no surprise to me, as previous studies have shown that sugar can feed cancerous cells, causing them to grow like gangbusters.
And there's even evidence to suggest that elevated blood sugar can lead to the kind of DNA damage that causes cancerous cells to form in the first place.
Sounds like a smoking gun to me!
Of course, sugar can fuel cancer whether you're a guy or a gal -- but interestingly, the study found that women with diabetes were more vulnerable to cancer than men with diabetes.
Diabetic women were 27 percent more likely than non-diabetic women to develop cancer, whereas diabetic men were 19 percent more likely than non-diabetic men to do the same.
And diabetic women had a greater additional risk of leukemia… as well as cancers of the stomach, mouth, and kidney… than diabetic men.
In fact, the only type of cancer that struck diabetic men more often than diabetic women was liver cancer.
Now, the study didn't uncover the reason for the gender difference.
But we know that, docs generally catch diabetes in men at a younger age than in women -- which is why women go undiagnosed for two years longer on average.
And given that women tend to live longer than men, they're likely to clock more total years living with diabetes, making cancer all the more possible.
But no matter which side of the gender divide you find yourself on, you don't just want to CONTROL diabetes to protect yourself from cancer.
You want to REVERSE it!
The simplest way to put diabetes in the rearview mirror is to go Paleo -- because the "caveman" diet eliminates the sugars and processed foods that spike your blood sugar (and fuel cancer) in favor of protein and produce that hold it steady.
Staying active... keeping your weight in check... and upping your intake of vitamin D can also help reverse diabetes and slash your risk of cancer, too.