Drinking Soda Linked To Increased Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer
April 1, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Researchers say drinking two or more sweetened soft drinks each week may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
According to Reuters, the study that appears in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that individuals who drank two or more non-diet sodas each week had an 87 percent higher risk of being among those who got pancreatic cancer.
Researchers studied more than 60,000 men and women in Singapore for a period of 14 years for their results.
They say that the sugar in soft drinks may be to blame for the high incidence of the cancer since the insulin the body uses to metabolize sugar is made in the pancreas.
"The high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth," the study’s lead author Mark Pereira said.
Other studies have linked burned or charred red meat to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, which is considered one of the deadliest forms of the disease.
The American Cancer Society reports that there were 42,470 new cases of pancreatic cancer last year and 35,240 deaths from it.