Regular cancer screenings may be necessary for individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Just to err on the side of caution, individuals who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may want to request that they undergo regular cancer screenings, since the metabolic disorders have been associated with an increased risk of an assortment of tumors.

An article published by Reuters highlighted a recent study, which found that among a group of 400,000 adults, there was a significantly higher prevalence of cancer in those who had diabetes.

According to the news provider, a total of 16 out of 100 diabetic men had some form of cancer, compared to only seven in every 100 males who were not insulin resistant. Similarly, the study's findings showed that 17 percent of diabetic women had cancer vs. 10 percent of those who were not diabetic.

Despite the discovery that men and women with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes had similar rates of cancer, the news source explained that the types of tumors differed between the two groups. Males were more likely to report having colon, pancreas, rectum, urinary, bladder, kidney or prostate cancer, while diabetic women had more cases of leukemia, breast or uterine cancer.

"[The study] shows there's a substantial pool of American adults who have diabetes and cancer. The authors rightly point out that these two conditions go together beyond chance alone, so it pays to think about them together," Fred Brancati, MD, told the news organization.

Although the cause of this link is unknown, the researchers speculate that uncontrolled blood sugar levels may be the culprit.

The American Diabetes Association states that using a blood glucose meter is the most accurate way for people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes to check their blood sugar levels. These individuals may also consider keeping a log of their test results, so that they or their physicians can spot any irregularities.