Monday, February 8, 2010

Two fizzy drinks a week 'can raise your chance of getting pancreatic cancer by 87%'

People who have at least two sugary fizzy drinks each week may be putting themselves at risk of deadly pancreatic cancer, scientists say.
A study found that consumer two or more calorific soft drinks a week increases the chances of developing the disease by 87 per cent, compared to people who avoid them.
The scientists who made the discovery are unsure whether fizzy drinks are to blame - or whether people who consume them are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles that put them at greater risk of cancer.
Some studies, however, have shown that soft drinks trigger a spike in blood sugar which puts the pancreas under extra stress.
Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common cancer in Britain, but also one of the most deadly forms of the disease. It claims 7,700 lives every year.
Hollywood star Patrick Swayze died from the disease last year.
The findings are based on a 14 year study of more than 60,000 men and women living Singapore.

‘Also, people who drank lots of fizzy drinks in this study were more likely to be unhealthy in other ways, like smoking, eating more calories, and being less active, so it is difficult to separate the effects of all of these things.
‘The evidence in this area is still inconsistent. Some previous studies have found a similar link between soft drinks and pancreatic cancer, but others have not. Even so, it’s important to remember that people can put on weight if they drink lots of sugary, fizzy drinks and being overweight increases the risk of lots of different types of cancer including bowel and breast cancers.’

Doctors already warn women in particular to restrict the amount of some fizzy drinks they consumer because it makes their bones weaker, probably due to phosphoric acid which is found in cola.

Higher sugar intake may be responsible.
Experts says if you eat and drink more sugary food it increases your blood sugar levels which affects the amount of work the pancreas has to do. It could stimulate growth of the pancreas and this could lead to cancer.

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