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Just One Can of Soda a Day Raises Aggressive Cancer Risk By 40 Percent

April McCarthy, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

Men who drink one 300ml can of soda per day are much more likely to require treatment for a serious form of cancer than those who never consumed the drink.

A 15-year study found those who drank 300ml of a fizzy drink a day — slightly less than a standard can — were 40 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who avoid 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.

In America in 1850, about 13 ounces of soda were consumed per person per year. In the late 1980s, more than 500 twelve-ounce cans of sodas were consumed per person per year. The 1994 annual report of the beverage industry shows that per-capita consumption of sodas is 49.1 gallons per year. Of this amount, 28.2 percent of consumption is diet soda. Current estimates per-capita is approximately 60 gallons per year. The United States are the largest consumers of soft drink consumption and at least double the consumption of almost every country in the world.

Carbonated soda pop provides more added sugar in a typical 2-year-old toddler’s diet than cookies, candies and ice cream combined.

Fifty-six percent of 8-year-olds down soft drinks daily, and a third of teenage boys drink at least three cans of soda pop per day.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, affecting more than one billion worldwide annually.

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

In the spring of 2005, research showed a strong correlation between esophageal cancer and the drinking of carbonated beverages.

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 percent.’ The analysis also linked large amounts of cakes and biscuits, and sugary breakfast cereals with a less serious form of the disease.

Diet drinks, and tea and coffee with sugar, were not included in the study.

April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.

  • lakawak

    What an embarrassing article. Absolutely NO correlation shown whatsoever. People who never drink soda tend to also live healthier lives all around. They are less likely to smoke, and more likely to exercise.

    But I guiess that is too intelligent for a blog.

  • Jude

    High-fructose corn syrup is the sugar in soda. I used to drink 2-3 12oz cans a day. I quit drinking soda (I was 195 lbs at that point) and substituted coffee with *cane* sugar, 3-4 large cups a day.

    I lost about a pound a week for *more* than a year!!! I wasn’t being very careful of the rest of my diet during that year, just not overdoing anything, generally keeping to smaller portions, and my appetite actually decreased– making it rather easy to control how I ate.

    Totally: 16 months later I weighed 165 lbs.; now I allow myself a couple of sodas a week, 10 years later I weigh 145lbs and still losing slowly.

    There is something about high-fructose corn syrup that encourages weight gain over time, maybe even just increased appetite?

    • lakawak

      Sorry, but you are an idiot. There is no other way around it. A calorie is a calorie, no matter what the whining hilariously ignorant websites that you bookmark tell you.

    • lakawak

      And if you are drinking twice as many glasses of coffee a day as you drank sodas, then you are FAR less healthy due to the 10+ times more caffeine you are drinking.

  • Don

    In the 1800’s they called pop Sarsaparilla.

  • Was soda even around in 1850? Got to be a typo!

  • kimcheee

    I’d love to see how the study was structured. I can understand how main stream sodas like Coke, Pepsi and Tab cause cancer. What about Virgil’s Root beer? It’s made with cane sugar and non-cancerous ingredients. I occasionally drink a Virgil’s…maybe a dozen a year.

    If it’s only carbonation – the fizz – like the article fixates on indiscriminately – then we’d better reconsider beer – 🙁

    • findawheigh

      Look up “Nitrosamines in Beer”. Just switch to green tea. You may hate it at first, but every time you see an article telling you how good it is for you, makes it taste better. Or you could just take the attitude that there must be something wrong with a product if its maker thought so little of it to put it in a can. Cans, by the way, eat masculinity, and cause one to repeat meaningless phrases like, “Yeah, Dude”. Maybe you’ve heard it.

    • Its the sugar…..any kind of sugar. HFCS is the worst, but even sugar in fruit juices is really bad. Sugar feeds cancer and parasites.

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