A sugary drink a day increases the risk of liver cancer in women | Food and drink
Consuming just one sugary drink a day may increase a woman’s risk of developing liver cancer, according to a study conducted by various institutions and presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.
Researchers, including those from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the University of South Carolina at Columbia, analyzed data from 90,504 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 79, over nearly 19 years.
According to the data, women who drank one sugary drink a day were 73% more likely to develop liver cancer than women who drank three or fewer such drinks in a month. Women who drank one or more sugary drinks a day had a 78% higher risk, the data showed.
Although US soft drink consumption fell again for the 13th straight year in 2018, we still drank 38.87 gallons per person.
The consumption of sugary drinks has already been linked to the development of cardiovascular and heart diseases.
The United States has some of the highest consumption rates in the world, with more than 50% of respondents to a recent international survey saying they consume non-alcoholic beverages at least several times a week, or even daily, according to Statistics.
“If our results are confirmed, reducing the consumption of sugary drinks could serve as a public health strategy to reduce the burden of liver cancer,” said Longgang Zhao, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, in a press release. . “Replacing sugary drinks with water and unsweetened coffee or tea could significantly reduce the risk of liver cancer.”
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, liver cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide, with an increase in diagnosed cases and associated deaths in the United States.
Study subjects were part of the Women’s Health Initiative observational study and clinical trials, excluding participants in the dietary modification trial.