Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Lead to High Risk of Endometrial Cancer


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Artificially sweetened and aerated drinks are considered to cause a number of health diseases. These health risks may include obesity, heart diseases, and diabetes. A recent study about these sugary drinks revealed that sugar-sweetened drinks may lead to high risk of endometrial cancer.

Carbonated drinks such as Coke and Pepsi as well as non-carbonated fruity drinks such as lemonade, Hawaiian Punch, etc. were taken into consideration for this study. The participants were enquired about how much sugar-sweetened beverages they consume typically.

Researchers collected the data from the postmenopausal women who were a part of the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomakers and Prevention published the study, which stated that the data was collected from over 23000 women, and analyzed; it also included women’s dietary intake and their medical history as well.

The women with highest consumption of sugary drinks showed a 78% increase in their risk of getting affected by estrogen-dependent type 1 endometrial cancer. It is the most common type of cancer in endometrium, which affects the women’s reproductive health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 50,000 women in the United States were approximately diagnosed with the risk of having endometrial cancer in 2013. Researchers believe that the Type 1 endometrial cancer is an estrogen dependent cancer; it may have the explanation for sugary drinks and beverages causing cancer in endometrium.

A study author and research associate, Maki Inoue-Choi at the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health in Minneapolis stated – “We know that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages may increase body fat, and higher body fat may increase estrogen levels”. He further added – “Obese and overweight (women) may have up to 3.5 times higher risk for endometrial cancer.”

Inoue-Choi stated that the sugar from whole food also has other nutrients, fats and fiber which slow down the process of sugar absorption. But, beverages generally don’t these nutrients; as a result, the process of sugar absorption is quicker, and faster.

Further researches are necessary to prove any correlation between starches and other criticized foods such as sweets, sugar-free sodas or bakery products. “Everyone should be following the existing guidelines and minimize the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages in order to reduce the risk of health concerns like diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and cancer,” Inoue-Choi added.

One thing that’s quite evident is that excessive intake of artificially-sweetened beverages and aerated drinks is harmful for health, and individuals must avoid that to minimize the risk of various health issues.

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