Can Sugary Drinks Increase the Risk of Cancer?

The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) issued a new study in which the risk of cancer is associated with the consumption of sugary drinks. While it is not the first study to research the connection between the two, it adds further data to the problem.

The connection between sugary drinks and cancer

In recent decades, the consumption of foods that are not good for the human body reached a historic high. Among these unhealthy foods, the sugary drinks pose quite a great problem for all people and their health. The study revealed that sugary drinks increase the risk of cancer. But how do we get there? Well, increased consumption of sugary foods leads to obesity. Obesity is one of the factors of almost all types of cancer. It may appear a long stretch, but researchers actually the numbers on their side.

The French team that conducted the study gathered data from over 100,000 adults in France. Among them were 21% men and 79% women with an average age of 42. The duration of the study was nine years, during which the people that participated to the study gave information about their diet, educational level, age, family medical history, whether they exercise, or smoke, etc. All information was important to make the results as accurate as they could be.

It was found that men had a greater intake of sugary drinks (90.3 ml) than women (74.6 ml) every day. In the category of sugary drinks enter 100% fruit juices, sugar-sweetened drinks, and diet drinks (which are artificially sweetened). During the 9 years, 2,193 cases of cancer were determined – breast cancer was diagnosed in 693 women, prostate cancer was diagnosed in 291 people and colorectal cancers in 166 people).

The results of the study were not encouraging. A minimum of 100 ml of sugary drinks every day can increase the risk of overall cancer by 18% and by 22% of breast cancer, regardless if the fact that the sugary drinks were 100% natural or not.

What the researchers and medical experts advise is to reduce the daily intake of sugary drinks, and sugar in general. They also believe that putting taxes on sugary drinks and restricting the market might be the start to become healthier.

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Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.

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