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Just one fizzy drink a day raises men’s risk of aggressive prostate cancer by 40%

Published on December 3, 2012,

Scientists from Lund University in Sweden have published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggesting that just one sugary soft drink a day could raise a man’s odds of developing prostate cancer. This is from the UK’s Daily Mail…

Soft drinks on shelves in a Woolworths superma...

Soft drinks on shelves in a supermarket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 15-year study found those who drank 300ml of a fizzy drink a day – slightly less than a standard can – were 40 per cent more likely to develop the disease than those who never consumed the drinks.

Worryingly, the risk applied not to early-stage disease that was spotted via blood tests but to cancers that had progressed enough to cause symptoms.

This is significant as faster-growing forms of prostate cancer are more likely to be fatal.

It is thought that sugar triggers the release of the hormone insulin, which feeds tumours.

Prostate cancer is the most common type in British men, affecting almost 41,000 a year and killing more than 10,000.

The study, published in the respected American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is far from the first to link the sugary soft drinks enjoyed by millions of Britons every day to poor health. Previous research has flagged up heart attacks, diabetes, weight gain, brittle bones, pancreatic cancer, muscle weakness and paralysis as potential risks.

The Swedish scientists behind the latest work said that while more research is needed before the link with prostate cancer can be confirmed, there are already ‘plenty of reasons’ to cut back on soft drinks.

For the study, they tracked the health of more than 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years. The men, who were in good health at the start of the study, were also quizzed about what they liked to eat and drink.

At the end of the study, they compared the dietary habits of the men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer with those who remained healthy and found a clear link between sugary drinks and the disease.

Lund University researcher Isabel Drake said: ‘Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks  we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 per cent.’ The analysis also linked large amounts of rice and pasta, cakes and biscuits, and sugary breakfast cereals with a less serious form of the disease.

There was no link with fruit juice. Diet drinks, and tea and coffee with sugar, were not included in the study.

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Top 5 reasons to stop drinking soda pop right now

Published on August 3, 2012,

Low Carb Voice outlines five good reasons not to drink soda pop (or soft fizzy drinks for those in the UK) – and that includes light or diet versions as well as the full sugar ones.

Study after study shows just how terrible soda pop is for your health. If you’re still drinking it, it’s time to find something else to drink. Here some of the main reasons why it’s so bad.

1. Weight gain: The high amount of sugar in soda promotes weight gain. Obesity is a main factor in many deadly diseases, so it should be avoided. It’s easy to go overboard and drink a lot of sugar at once, since the soda doesn’t fill you up like food does.

2. Diabetes: Weight gain and sugar are tied to diabetes. This article discusses a study that shows that even 1 can of pop a day can increase your diabetes risk.

3. Calcium loss: Phosphoric acid is shown to leach calcium from your bones to neutralize the acid. This weakens bones and teeth. This can be a big problem especially for women, who have a higher risk of osteoporosis.

4. Cavities: The acid in soda pop can eat away at tooth enamel. The natural bacteria in your mouth also feed on the sugar found in pop and then secreet an acid that destroys enamel.

5. Diet soda is bad, too: Some studies show that people actually gain more weight drinking diet sodas, rather than regular. It’s unclear why, but it could be because the artificial sweeteners trick your brain into wanting even more sugar. There are also some links between aspartame and cancer.

More at: Top 5 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda Pop Right Now

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