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Daily Serving of Soda Increases Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk by 40%

Mike Barrett
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Thursday 18 April 2013
With soda increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer, it’s more important than ever to reduce soda consumption on a national and global level.
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Soda is quite possibly the most vilified food/beverage on the market, and for good reason. The beverage offers zero nutritional value, all while increasing the risk of countless diseases. But even with everything we know as a society, soda sales continue upward, and so do the number of studies showcasing the negative effects of the popular drink. According to one recent study, consuming about 1 soda per day increases a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 40% compared to someone who never touches the beverage.

The Swedish study, coming from Lund University and recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, focused on the associations between carbohydrates and their food sources in regards to prostate cancer risk. The researchers followed 8,128 men ages 45-73 for an average of 15 years. All were reported to be in good health.

Overall, it was found that fast-releasing carbohydrates and sugary drinks increased the risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer. But for soda specifically, the researchers found that men who drank 300ml of soda each day (slightly less than one can) were more likely to develop the type of prostate cancer which required treatment. Lead researcher Dr. Isabel Drake commented by saying ”among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent.

In addition to the concerning association between soda consumption and increased prostate cancer risk, the researchers also found that:

  • Men consuming a high amount of carbohydrates from wheat, rice and pasta increased their risk of developing milder forms of prostate cancer by 31%. These forms typically required no treatment.
  • Men consuming sugary breakfast cereals saw a 38% increase in developing milder forms of prostate cancer as well.

Also outlining an association between soda and increased cancer risk, another study from University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that 87 percent of over 60,000 test subjects were likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and soda played a role.

“The important take away from our study is that habitual consumption of soft drinks may be linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. In response to any criticisms, I’d like to point out that our results align with a recent  Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health meta-analysis of studies on this topic, including ours, which found that soft drink consumption was indeed positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk,” ,” Noel Mueller, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Ph.D. student and first author on Pereira’s study, told AlterNet.

Time to Stop Drinking Soda

With soda increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer, it’s more important than ever to reduce soda consumption on a national and global level. The average person is consuming 300% more sugar than recommended each day, while kids are taking in 7 trillion calories of sugar from soda each year. By dropping the cola, you can dramatically reduce your risk of countless ailments and improve overall health exponentially.



Oh I am so sad--A dear

Oh I am so sad--A dear long-time friend of mine was recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He never drank a lot of soda, but did eat a lot of other sweets all his life. Hell.

I suspect there is a similar

I suspect there is a similar increase in risk of heart disease, for my father died of it at 54 before prostate cancer ever had a chance to take him out. My parents bought about a half-dozen 2-litter bottles of soda every couple of weeks, and dad loved having an ice cream float for dessert every night (all of us joined him). He did construction work in the summers, but the exercise didn't spare him from his lifestyle choices. I was an overweight teen, but when I went to college and shifted to a vegetarian diet with only water for beverages and bicycling for economic reasons, I dropped all the weight so fast dad feared I'd gone anorexic, and in the 25 years since of the same diet it hasn't come back. I wish we'd have known we were killing ourselves in time to save his life, too. When my dad was first hospitalized with congestive heart failure, the docs told him he'd ignored it too long and done too much damage and there was nothing that could be done, so they sent him home to die. Both our parents then joined my brother & I on vegan diets/ only water beverages & daily walking exercise, and both of them lost a lot of weight and started feeling a lot better than they'd felt in decades. Dad was able to finish his last construction project with the help of the men from our church, and he and I worked a much longer day than the other men, some much younger than him. But a month later another heart attack took his life. No, I can't prove sodas were a contributing factor in my father's death, but if you are looking to save your life, you don't limit yourself to only one lifestyle change out of scientific rigor, but instead you do everything you can think of to improve your odds, all at once.

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