A new study has linked consuming sugary drinks such as soda to a higher risk of developing uterine cancer. Women who drink as few as five sodas a week may increase their risk by as much as 78 percent, Forbes reports.
This type of cancer, associated with higher levels of estrogen, has previously been linked with increased levels of insulin in the body and with being overweight or obese. The new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, showed that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer, but not the less common estrogen-independent type II form.
The study followed over 23,000 women, asking them how frequently they consumed various foods and drinks over the last 12 months. The researchers were particularly interested in sugar-sweetened sodas like Coke and like 7-Up and non-carbonated sugary drinks like Hawaiian Punch and lemonade. Sugar-free drinks included both caffeinated and caffeine-free cola. The team also examined whether sweets and baked goods, and starchy foods, might be connected to endometrial (a type of uterine) cancer risk.More »