one more reason to consider cutting back on the soda: drinking
too many sugary drinks on a daily basis has been linked to
researchers studied the eating and drinking habits of more
than 70,000 adults, keeping an eye out for cancer diagnoses.
They found that people who downed two or more sodas (including
ones with artificial sweetener) or juice beverages a day
doubled their risk of developing gallbladder tumors compared
with people who abstained from sweetened drinks.
more, the heavy soda drinkers also had 79 percent higher risk
of having biliary tract cancer, according to the study, which
was published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer
those who had two or more sugary drinks a day tended to be
overweight and ate a less-healthy diet — one with more
calories, sugar and carbohydrates and less protein and fat,
the researchers noted.
with a history of diabetes or cancer were left out of the
the results do not prove that sugary drinks cause cancer,
researchers stressed, there is evidence that the risk is
higher for people who drink a lot of heavily sweetened
findings support the hypothesis that high consumption of
sweetened beverages may increase the risk of [biliary tract
cancers], particularly gallbladder cancer," the
scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden concluded.