Ditch the Sugar-Sweetened Drinks to Avoid Uterine Cancer Risk

Updated at: Nov 27, 2013
Ditch the Sugar-Sweetened Drinks to Avoid Uterine Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women who consume sugar-sweetened drinks are at a higher risk of developing cancer of the endometrium - a new study has warned.

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LatestWritten by: Agency NewsPublished at: Nov 27, 2013

Mad over sweetened frappes, fruit coolers, and mocktails? You must consider limited your consumption of these sinfully delicious sugary beverages.

risk of uterine cancerA new study has warned postmenopausal women that consuming such drinks can put you at a higher risk of developing cancer of the endometrium- the lining of the uterus.

And this risk is as high as 78 percent for estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer. This is the most common type of uterine cancer. The more sugar-sweetened beverages a woman drank, the higher the risk. Hence, the dose was observed to be directly proportional to the danger.

"Although ours is the first study to show this relationship, it is not surprising to see that women who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages had a higher risk of estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer but not estrogen-independent type II endometrial cancer," said researcher Maki Inoue-Choi.

"Other studies have shown increasing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has paralleled the increase in obesity," said Inoue-Choi, who led the study as a research associate in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health of the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health.

"Obese women tend to have higher levels of estrogens and insulin than women of normal weight. Increased levels of estrogens and insulin are established risk factors for endometrial cancer," said Inoue-Choi.

Researchers sis not find any connection between type 1 or type 2 endometrial cancers and consumption of sugar-free soft drinks, sweets/baked goods, and starch.

"Research has documented the contribution of sugar-sweetened beverages to the obesity epidemic," said Inoue-Choi.

"Too much added sugar can boost a person's overall calorie intake and may increase the risk of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer," Inoue-Choi added.

The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.


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