Monday, 8 February 2010

Sugary Drinks and Cancer

Reuters ran with this story today: Study links sugary soft drinks to pancreas cancer. Some of the theories raised have had a degree of prominence on the paleo forums for some years - the theory being that sugar fuels tumors:
  • "The high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth," ...Insulin, which helps the body metabolize sugar, is made in the pancreas.

Association does not equal causation etc...and as noted by researchers in the article, soft drink consumption in Singapore "was associated with several other adverse health behaviors such as smoking and red meat intake, which we can't accurately control for."

DC has a great post about the 'dangers' of eating red meat and processed meat.

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