The impact of serum glucose, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels on Breast Cancer risk: A retrospective study


  • Abdelhakim Ainahi Laboratoiry of Hormonology and Tumor Marker, Institut Pasteur Du Maroc
  • LAHCEN WAKRIM Laboratory of Virology Unit & Immunovirology, Institut Pasteur Du Maroc
  • ABDERRAHMANE MAAROUFI Laboratoiry of Hormonology and Tumor Marker, Institut Pasteur Du Maroc
  • ABDELHAMID BARAKAT Laboratory of Human Molecular Genetics, Casablanca, Institut Pasteur Du Maroc



Glucose, lipid profile, hyperlidemia, breast cancer, prognosis


Introduction:  This study aims is to explore the relationship of serum glucose, triglyceride and total cholesterol levels and breast cancer (BC).

Methods: We analyzed data in 100 women with confirmed BC and in the same number of age-matched disease-free controls. Cancer antigen 15-3 (CA15-3) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels were estimated using chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay technology. Glucose, triglyceride and total cholesterol levels were evaluated using dry chemistry method.

Results: In this study no significant differences were found comparing glucose and total cholesterol levels in BC cases and controls. The adjusted ORs were 0.84 (95% CI: 0.48-1.49) and 0.62 (95% CI: 0.28-1.37) respectively. However, a significant inverse association between BC risk and increasing levels of triglycerides was observed, particularly at postmenopausal stage (OR= 0.32, 95%CI: 0.14-0.77). Based on CEA and CA15-3 levels measurement and BC duration, we showed that diabetes and lipid status did not influence the course of the malignancy.

Conclusion:  Our study highlights the absence of the effect of diabetes and dyslipidemia on the risk and progression of BC. Further prospective investigations are required to confirm this important issue.


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