Carbonated DrinksMy little niece Eva can’t live a day without a glass of Cola. And so does her elder brother, my nephew Dino. When I try to tell their parents about all dangers of such excessive consumption of carbonated drinks on the children’s cardio-vascular, dental and bone health, they always agree with all I say and promise me to do something. But the things go on and on, and nothing changes. I understand: this can be hard with children, but teaching them healthy eating habits and lifestyle – that’s what parents have to do, am I wrong?

A new study, published recently in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention suggests that those, who drink carbonated soft drinks two times a week or more are at two times higher risks to have pancreatic cancer. Those are the findings of a new research by the specialists at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in association with the experiments participants from Singapore. For 14 years of the trials, the life-styles and eating habits of 60,500 participants were analyzed, and soft drink lovers turned out to have increased chances to develop pancreatic cancer.

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,” says Dr. Mark Pereira, one of the leaders of the study. However, other specialists confirm that it is not clear up yet, whether it is exactly carbonated drink consumption which has led people to pancreatic cancer. “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,” says Dr. Mayone. Therefore, it is in the hands of other researchers to find out, is there a strict cause and effect connection between these two concepts. But what is definitely true and obvious: regular consumption of carbonated soft drinks, including commercial juices, is harmful to our health.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.


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