A new study has revealed a potential link between consuming sugary beverages and an increased risk of death from cancer.
The research suggests that exceeding recommended sugar consumption levels, especially through sugar-sweetened beverages, can contribute to cancer-related risks.
This study underscores the importance of limiting the consumption of sugary drinks as part of a healthier lifestyle.
The study, conducted by researchers at the American Cancer Society, aimed to explore associations between sugary beverage consumption and cancer, particularly focusing on obesity-related cancers and various cancer types.
Sugary beverages are known to be risk factors for weight gain, obesity, and related health issues.
The researchers analyzed data from a cancer prevention study that followed over 934,000 cancer-free participants from 1982 until 2016. By the end of the study, over 135,000 participants had died from cancer.
While drinking more than two sugary beverages per day was not directly associated with an increased risk of all-cancer deaths when compared to those who abstained from such beverages, it was linked to a higher risk of obesity-related cancers.
However, this association diminished when adjusting for body mass index (BMI).
Sugary beverages were still associated with increased death rates from specific cancers, including colon and kidney cancer, even after accounting for BMI.
Furthermore, participants who consumed artificially sweetened beverages were found to have an elevated risk of pancreatic cancer, which persisted even after adjusting for BMI.
The American Beverage Association, representing the soft drink industry, did not provide a response to the study’s findings.
This study highlights the potential health risks associated with consuming sugary beverages, including an increased risk of cancer.
It emphasizes the importance of adhering to recommended sugar intake limits, especially for individuals concerned about their health and cancer risk.
The research suggests that public policies should address sugary beverage consumption to reduce cancer risk among both men and women in the United States.
Reducing the consumption of sugary beverages may contribute to healthier lifestyles and ultimately lower cancer risk.
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The research findings can be found in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
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