Study finds possible link between sugary drinks and cancer

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"What we observed was that the main driver of the association seems to be really the sugar contained in these sugary drinks", said Touvier, who is the research director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team of the National Health and Medical Research Institute at the Paris 13 University.

"However, this assumes that there is a genuine causal link between sugary drink intake and developing cancer, and this still needs further research".

People who drink a lot of sugary drinks have a higher risk of developing cancer, although the evidence can not establish a direct causal link, researchers said on Thursday.

The research, however, found no link between diet beverages and cancer, although the authors warned the finding should be interpreted with caution, because diet beverages had a relatively low consumption rate among the study participants. Seventy-nine percent of participants were women.

Obesity is a known cause of 13 different types of cancer but the latest study found that even slim people were at increased risk if they drank sugary drinks or fruit juice.

The connection between sugary drinks and cancer remained the same even after the team adjusted for age, sex, educational level, family history of cancer, smoking and physical activity, the researchers said.

They found that just a 100ml increase per day of sugary drinks was associated with an 18 per cent increased risk of cancer, and with a 22 per cent increase in breast cancer.

Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said the study "does not provide evidence of cause, as the authors readily admit".

"It's important for people to know that all beverages - either with sugar or without are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet", Danielle Smotkin, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association said in a statement. Beverage companies are working to provide more choices with reduced or no sugar, smaller package sizes and clear calorie information, according to the industry group. Heller said. She noted that, for decades, these drinks have been linked with diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

We should keep an eye on our sugar intakes and work towards a healthier lifestyle. "It can impair our driving skills, cognitive abilities, mood, energy levels, kidneys, gastrointestinal function, appearance and more". And Touvier supports public efforts to get people away from the soda-and-juices habit.

The results showed that, on average, people consumed 92.9ml per day of sugary drinks or 100pc fruit juice, which contains naturally occurring sugar.

"Play around with infusing water with mint, basil, cucumber, or strawberry and lemon slices".

The new report was published online July 10 in the BMJ.

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