Cancer is your cells attacking each other. That seems to be the current take on diabetes. Sort of like "friendly fire." I went through a couple of years of lymphoma treatments - surgery, chemo. I'm fine and dandy right now. My friends got the book What to Eat When You've got Cancer. They made recipes for me to put in freezer. Made life much easier. The book could have been written by ADA.

I had great care from a oncologist who knew about diabetes and keeping it level. Mostly simply taking lots of tests. A friend recently went through radiation and a more intense chemo treatment. Anyone have experience with that? I imagine it takes a toll on glucose levels.

Someone recently suggested a link between cancer, immune disease, and diabetes. I don't buy it. Am I wrong?

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Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on August 25, 2010 at 11:46am
Though I personally would never treat my D with an ADA diet, I think... in the future when we know more about all these diseases... we will be incredibly surprised at how interconnected all these immune diseases are. They may not be terribly "close" in that connection, but I bet there are some very similar mechanics.
Comment by Pastelpainter on August 25, 2010 at 1:50pm
My doctor printed off a page from a University citing the link between lymphoma and diabetes 2. I had lymphoma many years ago but it would seem it can still cause you problems later in life.
Comment by Brian (bsc) on August 25, 2010 at 4:01pm
I don't know, there actually might be some connection between diabetes, autoimmune diseases and cancer. First, there is the theory that cancer is actually a failure of the immune system, properly identifying bad cells and killing them off. There is some thought that actually diabetics (autoimmune T1s) suffer from impaired immune systems. Second, there is evidence that elevated blood sugars feed cancer. There are some that believe a low carb diet and lower blood sugars impair cancers from growing. But you don't buy it, do you.
Comment by Jacq Allan on August 25, 2010 at 4:01pm
Actually My Ex who is an immunologist (PHD) told me that in T1 there is a slightly protective aspect in regard to T1 and cancer cells. Don't know about T2 though


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