Consuming more than two sugary drinks a day was associated with increased colon and kidney cancer death rates, according to a new study. Photo by taa22/Shutterstock
New research offers yet another reason why Americans should cut back on their soda intake: Drinking too many sugary drinks may increase the risk of death from cancer.
“Unfortunately, Americans exceed the sugar intake limits recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines, and sugary drinks are known risk factors for weight gain, overweight, and obesity,” the lead author explained. study, Marjorie McCullough. She is Senior Scientific Director of Epidemiology Research at the American Cancer Society.
The results appear to be related to the higher body mass index (BMI) of participants who regularly drank these sugary drinks, according to the study.
The researchers used data from a cancer prevention study, looking for associations between these drinks and all cancers, obesity-related cancers and 20 types of cancer.
They tracked participants from 1982, when more than 934,000 cancer-free people provided information on beverage consumption, through 2016.
Researchers found that just over 135,000 participants died of cancer in 2016.
While consuming more than two sugar-sweetened beverages per day was not associated with cancer deaths compared to those who drank none of these beverages, it was associated with an increased risk of obesity-related cancers. This was reversed after adjusting for BMI.
Sugary drinks were associated with increased colon and kidney cancer death rates, which was still true after adjusting for BMI.
Participants who consumed artificially sweetened beverages also had an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, even after adjusting for BMI.
The American Beverage Association, which represents the soft drink industry, did not respond to HealthDay’s request for comment on the study.
The findings were published Thursday in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
“Future research should consider the role of BMI in studies of sugary drinks and cancer risk,” McCullough said in a press release from the American Cancer Society. “These results should inform public policy regarding the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce cancer risk in men and women in the United States.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on sugary drinks.
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