Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sugary Soda a Player in Pancreatic Cancer?

Source: Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

Drinking two or more cans of regular soda each week has been linked to a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer, a new study has shown. Pancreatic cancer is not common, but it's one of the deadliest forms as it's hard to detect until it's too late, and even harder to treat.

According to the study from the University of Minnesota, sugar is not entirely to blame in this scenario, as individuals who drank the same amount of fruit juice each day did not have the same risk. It seems that individuals with bad soda habits tend to have other unhealthy habits as well.

According to one of the researchers, consuming high levels of sugar makes the pancreas pump out large amounts of insulin as a response, potentially over-working it. Each year, 37,680 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 34,290 die of it. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is about 5 per cent.

Find out more about the details of this study by reading the article called "Sugary soda linked to pancreas cancer" from the Globe and Mail (Feb. 8, 2010).