Health Tip – Feb. 21 – Sugary Drinks Strike Again

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The evidence is undeniable that sugar-sweetened drinks raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and have a big impact on obesity. Now a new study shows that these beverages also seem to raise the risk of endometrial cancer. An investigation from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that women who drank the most sugar-sweetened drinks had a risk for the most common type of endometrial cancer that was 78 percent higher than that of women who did not consume these beverages.

The researchers reviewed data from more than 23,000 postmenopausal women taking part in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The women were asked to complete a questionnaire that asked about consumption of 127 food items. Between 1986 and 2010, 506 of the women developed type 1 endometrial cancer, an estrogen-dependent disease. The study revealed only an association between the risk of endometrial cancer and sugar-sweetened drinks.

While it doesn’t prove that the drinks caused the cancer, there is a plausible link. Increased consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has paralleled the increase in obesity. 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.

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