Drinking Sugared Soft Drinks Doubles The Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer
A recent study out of Singapore, which examined over 60,000 people over the course of fourteen years, found that those subjects who drank two or more sugared soft drinks per week had doubled the risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those who did not.
It is not known why increased soft drink consumption could lead to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer or whether this effect is going to be born out in other studies. Some facts we do know about cancer: many cancers are markedly increased in obesity. Colorectal, breast cancer, endometrial cancer and others double or more than double among obese individuals when compared to normal weight individuals. We know there is an association between soft drink and sugar consumption in obesity, so it stands to reason that some link may exist between the soft drinks and cancer development. Pancreas cancer in particular may be one that has some special sensitivity to the elevations and hormonal surges of insulin, leptin and other hormones associated with carbohydrate consumption and obesity.
Whether some subtle toxin could be present in soda cans or whether there is something specific about the soft drinks as opposed to other sugar drinks like fruit juices remains to be seen.
What is known is that drinking lots of sugared soft drinks is bad for your health. It leads to weight gain and obesity, which increases cancer risks markedly. This latest study is one more, small piece of data that should discourage drinking high carbohydrate soft drinks.