02/28/2021

Sugary drinks and risk of cancer: new worrying findings

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According to study, the consumption of fruit juices, artificial or natural, or sugary drinks could increase the risk of cancer.
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According to study, the consumption of fruit juices, artificial or natural, or sugary drinks could increase the risk of cancer.

The research, published this Wednesday by the British Medical Journal, was based on a sample of 101,257 healthy French adults, 21% of them men and 79% women with an average age of 42 years.

During the study, the participants were followed up. These, for nine years answered questionnaires designed to measure the intake of 3,300 different products between foods and beverages.

Different risk factors that are known for cancer such as age, family history, smoking, physical activity, sex, among others, were also taken into account.

During the investigation, 2,193 cases of cancer were diagnosed and validated (693 breast cancers, 291 prostate cancers and 166 colorectal cancers). The average age at diagnosis of cancer was 59 years.

What did you find?

The results indicated that an increase of 100 milliliters in the daily consumption of sugary drinks increased the risk of suffering some type of cancer by 18% and the risk of breast cancer by 22%.

The study separated the consumption of fruit juices made at home or purchased with the other sweetened beverages and the results continued to show a relationship with cancer.

In contrast, the consumption of other artificially sweetened beverages was not associated with a higher risk of cancer, but the authors caution that these results are inconclusive because their interpretation is due to a relatively low level of consumption among the research participants.

Another study published earlier this year found that drinking two or more servings of any type of artificially sweetened beverage a day was linked to an increased risk of strokes from clots, heart attacks and premature death in women over 50.

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