Higher sugary drinks intake linked to cancer risk. A study suggests that higher consumption of sugary drinks is associated with an increased risk of cancer.
These new findings add new evidence to the existing study indicating that limiting sugary drink consumption might lead to a reduction in cancer cases. The study findings are published in The BMJ.
The consumption of sugary beverages continues to increase globally in the last few decades. Many studies have shown an association between this growing consumption and the risk of obesity. However, a study on sugary drinks intake and cancer risk is still limited.
The researchers analyzed the link between the consumption of sugary beverages, artificially sweetened drinks and risk of cancer including prostate, bowel, and breast cancers.
The team involved 101,257 healthy French adults, the average age of 42 years. The researchers asked the participants to answer at least two 24-hour online validated dietary questionnaires.
The analysis found a greater average daily intake of sugary drinks in men than in women. The researchers found 2,193 first diagnosed cases of cancer. The investigators noted a link between a 100 mL a day increase in the consumption of sugary drinks and an 18% increased risk of overall cancer.
“These data support the relevance of existing nutritional recommendations to limit sugary drink consumption, including 100% fruit juice, as well as policy actions, such as taxation and marketing restrictions targeting sugary drinks, which might potentially contribute to the reduction of cancer incidence,” the authors conclude.