The dangers of consuming sugary drinks regularly

People who consume at least one soft or other sugary drink a day have a 78% higher risk of developing liver cancer. Compared to those who drink less than three such drinks a month, according to a recent US study.

Researchers from Harvard University School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who analyzed data of 90,504 women, published the paper in the American Society for Nutrition’s “Nutrition 2022” conference.

About 7% of the aforementioned number consumed one or more sugary drinks a day. While 205 women were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The incidence of liver cancer has increased over the last three decades. Chronic hepatitis, heavy alcohol consumption and diabetes are known risk factors for most patients, but about 40% of cases of this cancer are not explained by these causes.

Various studies link regular consumption of sugary drinks to a multitude of health problems. Although their consumption has declined in recent decades, it’s still very common. A recent study suggests they may be linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

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According to researchers, sugary drinks increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Both of which, in turn are the risk factors for developing liver cancer.

Sugary drinks also contribute to increased insulin resistance and the accumulation of fat in the liver. Two factors that harm the health of the organ.

“Our findings show that the consumption of sugary soft drinks is a potentially modifiable risk factor when it comes to liver cancer.”

“If we confirm our findings, reducing the intake of the soft drinks may become a public health strategy to reduce the incidence of liver cancer.”

“Replacing soft drinks with water and coffee or tea without sugar, can significantly reduce the risk of this form of cancer.” Harvard Assistant Professor Suehong Zhang, chief epidemiologist says.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

 

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