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Does pancreatic cancer cause elevated blood sugar?

1 answer | Last updated: Jan 16, 2014
BettyH asked...
Does pancreatic cancer cause elevated blood sugar?

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D_Viator answered...

Yes, it is possible for pancreatic cancer to cause a rise in blood sugar, the reason for this is because it is the pancreas's job to form insulin, the hormone that regulates and controls the glucose (sugar) metabolism in the body. At the beginning stages of the cancer this is usually discovered through a blood test by your physician, though it may be picked up on even before that. Many pancreatic cancer patients develop a form of diabetes far before the cancer is discovered. High blood sugar can cause damage to several internal organs, but can be a treated.


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