Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Consuming Sugared Soda May Be Linked to Pancreatic Cancer
According to this abstract of an article published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention consuming two or more sodas a week appears to double your probability of pancreatic cancer. They think the sugar in the soda is responsible for the increase. However the soda drinkers studied also smoked and consumed red meat. Based on the soda drinkers that I know, they aren’t the most health conscious bunch so that may account for the increase. In either case it is a good reminder that consuming sugar does increase your probability of cancer in general because that is what it feeds on. This is something I always think of when we are tempted to eat food with a high GI index. Having those foods occasionally, and with low GI foods to keep the average down is probably fine absent other risk factors. We are a little more diligent due to the known risk factors we always need to keep in mind.