Sugary Drinks May Increase Liver Cancer Risk – Consumer Health News

TUESDAY, June 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Consuming one or more sugary drinks (SSB) per day is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer, according to a study presented at NUTRITION 2022, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, held virtually June 14-16.

Longgang Zhao of the University of South Carolina at Columbia and colleagues examined the association between SSB intake and liver cancer risk in 90,504 women aged 50 to 79 from the observational study. from the Women’s Health Initiative and clinical trials excluding participants in the dietary modification trial. SSB intake was defined as the sum of soft drinks and fruit drinks, and was assessed by a validated food frequency questionnaire. Self-administered questionnaires were used to identify liver cancers, which were then confirmed by review of medical records.

The researchers found that 205 women had confirmed liver cancer after a median of 18.7 years of follow-up. Overall, about 7.3% of women consumed one or more servings of sugar-sweetened beverages/day. The risk of liver cancer was increased in association with higher consumption of SSB (relative risk, 1.78 [95 percent confidence interval, 1.09 to 2.95] for one or more days versus never). For non-alcoholic beverages, the hazard ratio was 1.73 (95% confidence interval, 0.76 to 3.94) for once or more times a day versus never. After further adjustment for coffee/tea consumption, history of liver disease and other confounding variables, the results were similar.

“If our findings are confirmed, reducing the consumption of sugary drinks could serve as a public health strategy to reduce the burden of liver cancer,” Zhao said in a statement. “Replacing sugary drinks with water and unsweetened coffee or tea could significantly reduce the risk of liver cancer.”

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