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10/02/2010

Pancreatic cancer linked to soda drinks

http://www.nowpublic.com/health/new-study-...er-and-soda-pop

A long-term study has confirmed that drinking soda pop even just a few times a week significantly increases the risk of getting pancreatic cancer. If soda pop is consumed ever two or three times a week, this doubles the risk of a person developing pancreatic cancer. The information of this study has only just been released today, after following 60,000 people over a 14 year time-span.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal types of caner, with only 5% of people surviving more than five years after diagnosis. The danger of consuming soda pop on a regular basis factors in when considering how that affects the human body's insulin levels. It has been found that the levels of sugar in soda pop significantly increase the levels of insulin in the body, which can be directly correlated to the growth and development of pancreatic cancer cells.

"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," lead researcher Mark Pereira of the University of Minnesota said in a statement. Insulin helps the body metabolize sugar, and is produced in the pancreas.
Source: ctv.ca

This study on soda pop consumption and its relation to pancreatic cancer cell growth has been carried out by Mark Pereira, a researcher from the University of Minnesota. Pereira and his team have been studying over 60,000 people in Singapore over the past 14 years to conduct their research.

Statistics from their study show that 140 people died of pancreatic cancer. Those who consumed more then two cans of soda pop per week had an 87% risk increase of developing the pancreatic cancer cells. Further information on this study is available in the following journal: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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