Sugary Drinks can lead to Endometrial Cancer

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Dec 03, 2013

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A recent study has found that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked with an increased risk for endometrial cancer in women who have had menopause. Researches in the past have shown a link between sugary drinks and Type 2 diabetes, but the recent study is the first one to find that there is an association between consumption of sugary drinks and a specific type of endometrial cancer.

Sweet drinksThe researchers of the study found out that sugars present in drinks elevated a person’s likelihood of developing type 1 endometrial cancer. Those people who were in the highest one-fifth for consumption of sweet drink had 74 per cent higher risk compared with those that had the lowest one-fifth. Even though the study brought out conclusive results to make us all put aside the sugary drinks, the author of the study says that more studies need to be done to confirm the link between higher risk for endometrial cancer and consumption of sugar drinks. It is, however, still advised that people follow certain dietary guidelines and also avoid the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Sugars in drinks make the plasma glucose levels to rise higher and fall lower when compared with most other types of dietary sugars.
The study is published online in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.


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  • Maureen Beach04 Dec 2013

    Important distinction: this study merely attempts to show an association, and does not prove causation. According to leading health organizations, including the Mayo Clinic, common risk factors for endometrial cancer include changes in female hormones, older age, obesity, and inherited genetic conditions – not uniquely sugar or beverage consumption. Several other published studies have shown no association between risk for endometrial cancer and sugar consumption. One of these was a prospective study published in the same journal in 2011 (Friberg et al), which showed no connection between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and increased risk for endometrial cancer.

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