Diabetes and pancreatic cancer

Some people develop diabetes before pancreatic cancer is diagnosed or soon after surgery. Diabetes, or high blood sugar levels, can occur if your pancreas is not making enough insulin (a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels).

The way diabetes is managed varies from person to person but usually includes a combination of dietary changes and medication. 

Coping with diabetes

  • Eat small meals and snacks regularly to help control blood sugar levels.
  • If you are taking diabetes medication, you need to include high-fibre carbohydrate foods at every meal to avoid low blood sugar levels. These include wholegrain breads and
    cereals, vegetables and fruit.
  • For more information about diabetes, visit Diabetes Australia.
  • If needed, your doctor will advise you on medications.
  • See a dietitian for help managing and adapting your diet.

This information was last reviewed in February 2016
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