Drinking sugary drinks like soda, even just one a day, is linked to higher risk of liver cancer, a new study suggests

glandsverk@businessinsider.com (Gabby Landsverk) – Jun 15


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  • Having a daily soda or other sweet drink may be linked to higher liver cancer risk, a new study suggests.
  • Added sugar in beverages can mess with insulin and blood sugar levels, which can stress the liver.
  • Sugar is also linked to inflammation and fat accumulation around the liver, both risk factors for cancer. 

Drinking at least one sugary beverage a day may be linked to significantly higher risk of liver cancer, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE, held June 14-16.

Researchers from multiple institutions, including Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, looked at data from 90,504 postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 79, over nearly 19 years of follow up. They wanted to see if there was a pattern between consuming sugary drinks, like soda and fruit drinks, and liver cancer risk.  

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6 foods to avoid if you want to eat like the longest living people on the planet

  • “Blue Zones” are places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives.
  • People in those regions tend to have similar diets, with few processed foods or added sugars.
  • Experts suggest there are health benefits to limiting foods like red meat, refined grains, and sweets.

To live a long, healthy life, it may be worth cutting back on foods like processed meat, sweets, and soda, evidence suggests. 

These foods are limited in so-called Blue Zones, regions where residents tend to live longer and have fewer health problems as they age, researchers discovered.

Blue Zones vary geographically and by cuisine, spanning Greece and Italy as well as Costa Rica and Japan, but share common patterns of eating. Whole, plant-based foods like leafy veggies, fruits, beans, and grains are pervasive in Blue Zones

In contrast, the regional diets tend to avoid processed foods, refined grains, sweet drinks, and added sugar, and incorporate red meat and animal fats like butter sparingly, if at all. 

Limiting these foods may be linked to longevity and lower risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and more. 

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They found that women who consumed at least one sweetened drink per day were 73% more likely to develop liver cancer than women who had three or fewer sweet drinks a month. Women who drank one or more sweet beverages daily had a 78% higher risk, according to the data. 

Liver cancer is the 6th most commonly diagnosed form of cancer worldwide, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International, and both cases and related deaths are on the rise in the US,  according to the American Cancer Society

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