If, like many Americans, you sip some of the most popular sweet beverages every day, you may be making yourself more vulnerable to cancer. Research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis shows that a woman’s choice of drink can exert a significant effect on her chances of endometrial cancer.
In this study, postmenopausal women who reported the highest intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks and juice drinks) had a 78 percent increased risk for estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer, the most common type.
The study demonstrated, that the more sugar-sweetened beverages you imbibe, the greater your cancer risk.
“Although ours is the first study to show this relationship, it is not surprising to see that women who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages had a higher risk of estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer but not estrogen-independent type II endometrial cancer,” says researcher Maki Inoue-Choi, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., who led the study. “Other studies have shown increasing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages 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.”