Popular Diabetes Drugs May Raise Pancreatic Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

(HealthDay News) — People with type 2 diabetes taking the drugs Januvia or Byetta might have an increased risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, a preliminary study suggests.

The study also found that Byetta (exenatide) may raise the risk of thyroid cancer.

Although the links aren’t conclusive, they merit further investigation, the researchers noted.

“We have raised concern that there may be a link, but we haven’t confirmed it,” said lead researcher Dr. Peter Butler, director of the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We need to do more work to figure out whether this is real or not.” Read more…

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