Sugary drinks could put you at increased risk for this

Sugary drinks could put you at increased risk for this

They might seem refreshing on a hot day, but a new study has raised the possibility of additional health consequences of drinking sugary beverages.

A recent study published in the journal BMJ found that among a group of about 101,000 people, those who drank sugary drinks like soda most regularly were 30% more likely to have gotten a form of cancer than people who drank the drinks less regularly. The increased risk for breast cancer was a bit higher, at 37%.

Researchers didn’t find the same association among people who drank artificially-sweetened drinks, like diet sodas.

Dr. Ameer Gomberawalla, a breast cancer surgeon at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., says the study doesn’t take the step of demonstrating that cancer is caused by the sugary drinks. Instead, it finds that people who drink them regularly may get cancer more often, which is another indicator that the amount of sugar in these beverages isn’t good for you.

“It’s not just the amount of sugar in these drinks,” Dr. Gomberawalla says. “It’s how fast it gets into your bloodstream when you drink it quickly.”

He said it’s unclear why breast cancer occurred at a higher rate than other cancers in the study.

Still, Dr. Gomberawalla says people should try to substitute water or other less-sugary beverages in their daily lives.

“Everything in moderation,” he says. “And if you’re going to drink these drinks, sip them over time.”

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  1. Interesting article, I like that is draws a conclusion that sugar is okay, in moderation. One should enjoy life. As death waits for no man. Will cancer feed on sugar yes, will it feed on other food sources, the answer is complicated. Why, because protein when over consumed will be converted to sugar in the liver. So it’s difficult to just blame sugar. Although sugar seems to be a the center to most our health problems. However you won’t find many mainstream articles about that simply due to a meeting in the 50’s with US government and Sugar companies. You’ll notice a direct correlation to the “food” pyramid and obesity.

  2. It’s been shown for years by reliable sources the impact of sugary drinks for our health, such increased risk of overweight that leads to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Likewise, there are also studies about the content of sodium that seem to have been left on a side. Sodium is another dangerous part of the content of sodas. I don’t think it would be unreasonable to add some warnings to the can and bottle labels, just as it is done with cigarettes. As we all know, too many people drink soda in excessive amounts without even thinking the impact that it has in their health.

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Mike Riopell
Mike Riopell

Mike Riopell, health enews contributor, is a media relations coordinator with Advocate Aurora Health. He previously worked as a reporter and editor covering politics and government for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Bloomington Pantagraph, among others. He enjoys bicycles, home repair, flannel shirts and being outside.