According to a study of more than 90,000 postmenopausal women, those who regularly drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage had a 78% increased chance of getting liver cancer than those who drank less than three servings of these drinks each month.
Longgang Zhao, a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina, the study’s lead author, said:
“Our findings suggest sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is a potential modifiable risk factor for liver cancer,”
“If our findings are confirmed, reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption might serve as a public health strategy to reduce liver cancer burden. Replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with water, and non-sugar-sweetened coffee or tea could significantly lower liver cancer risk.”
In the United States, liver cancer incidence has significantly increased during the last three decades.
Although the majority of patients have risk factors such as chronic hepatitis infections, alcohol use, and diabetes, around 40% of liver cancer cases cannot be explained by established risk factors.
The goal of the study was to determine if certain dietary elements could be involved.
Regular intake of beverages with added sugar, such as fruit drinks and soda, has been related to a number of health issues.
Although the use of sugar-sweetened beverages has decreased over the years, it is still widespread; in the U.S., over two-thirds of White adults reported consuming at least some of these beverages on any given day in 2017–2018 …