In my practice, I see a significant number of diabetes patients. Diabetes affects more than 25 million people in the United States, with most having Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers are now advising people with Type 2, to get colorectal cancer screening at a younger age. Colonoscopies are now advised at age 40, instead of waiting until 50 years of age. This recommendation stems from data that shows that people with diabetes are at an increased risk of colon cancer, due to earlier development of precancerous lesions, also called polyps or adenomas.

A study was done where researchers compared the incidence of polyps in three groups of 125 patients:

  • 40-49 with diabetes
  • 40-49 without diabetes
  • 50-59 without diabetes

It was found that the adenoma detection rate was 15% greater in the 40-49 diabetes group when compared to the same age range without diabetes. This increase in detection was comparable to the 50-59 age group.  Although there is more research to be done before The American Diabetes Association will adopt these new guidelines, it is clearly a significant finding. If this data holds true, there may be a significant decrease in the number of cases of colorectal cancer, if patients with diabetes are proactive and get their screenings at the age of 40, rather than 50.

I am interested in knowing if any of my readers are under the age of 50 and were advised to get an early colorectal screening due to diabetes.  If so, was there a detection of any polyps?

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