About 11,658 new cases of liver cancer were diagnosed in France in 2023, according to the National Cancer Institute. This disease is generally due to the development of a chronic disease of the liver such as cirrhosis or hepatitis B or C. It rarely occurs in a healthy liver. It seems that soft drinks are just the enemy of the members.
Sugary drinks, a risk factor for liver cancer in postmenopausal women
According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)Postmenopausal women who consume at least one soft drink or fruit drink per day have a lower risk of developing liver cancer than patients who drink three or fewer sugary drinks per month.
To reach this conclusion, US researchers recruited 98,786 women between the ages of 50 and 79. The latter participated in the Women’s Health Initiative from 1993 to 1998 and continued until March 2020.
During the work, the participants answered various questionnaires about their consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks or fruit drinks. Three years after starting the job, the follow-up survey included a question about their consumption of artificially sweetened beverages such as soda.
Frequent consumption of soft drinks: the risk of developing liver cancer increases 1.75 times
After 21 years of follow-up, 207 volunteers developed liver cancer. Among them, 7% consumed at least one sugary drink per day and 13% consumed one or more soft drinks per day.
According to the results, postmenopausal women who drank at least one soft drink containing sugar or fruits per day were 1.75 times more likely to develop liver cancer. They were also 2.5 times more likely to die from chronic liver disease than participants who drank less than three of these beverages per month.
However, the scientists point out that a causal relationship between liver problems and soda consumption cannot be proven with the data collected. More work is needed to confirm it.
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