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December 4, 2012
The risks and potential health dangers linked to consuming soft and fizzy drinks are quite serious. Many experts warn us about the fact that drinking carbonated beverages, commercially produced fruit juices, other soft drinks is linked to unnecessary increase in our sugar and calorie intake, this way increasing our risks for weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and other common health conditions. Lately, the findings of a study by Osaka University were published, suggesting that those women who drink fizzy or soft drinks every day are at higher risks of an ischemic stroke. The published information is actually scary: by drinking a glass of carbonated drink or commercial bottled fruit juice a day, women rise their chances to suffer from a stroke by 83 per cent! Check out the details about this interesting study in this article.
However, men should not feel too much relaxed and believe that fizzy drinks do not impose them to any danger. In addition to the mentioned risks for weight gain, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, it turned out that those men who like drinking Sprite or Cola every day have much higher prostate cancer risk compared to those men who avoid consuming sugary beverages. A group of Swedish scientists from Lund University found out that consuming as little as just one glass of soft or carbonated drink a day is linked to substantial increase in prostate cancer risk. At that, according to the findings which are going to be published soon on one of the coming issues of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a regular soft drink consumption in men is linked to greater risks of developing more aggressive types of prostate cancer.
Swedish scientists came to the mentioned conclusions after following a large group of modern men, namely 8,000 male participants in good health, aged between 45 and 73. For over 15 years their eating habits, lifestyle changes, choices and health changes were closely monitored. The participants were regularly questioned about the most important health and nutrition issues, including their daily meal and drink choices. In the end of the study, it turned out that those men who reported daily consumption of just 330 ml of soft drinks, fizzy drinks or common sugary drinks, had up to 40 per cent higher prostate cancer risk compared to those men who did not report about such a habit. At that, daily sugary and soft drink consumption is reported to be linked to the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
Moreover, according to the Swedish scientists, daily diet of modern men has very high influence on overall health risks and prostate cancer risk. Thus, as the analysis has shown, those men who consumed increased amounts of white rice and pasta had higher risk for prostate cancer, but mainly those forms which are not too aggressive and in many cases do not even require treatment. The risk increase is estimated at the level of 31 per cent. Those men who reported about daily consumption of such common types of breakfast as cereal and muesli are 38 per cent more prone to develop mild forms of prostate cancer. At that, for this study prostate cancer risks were estimated as the ones when the first symptoms of the disease star taking place, not according to pre-disease screening technologies and other preventive technologies.
‘Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 per cent,’ Isabel Drake, one of the study leaders and a PhD student at Lund University, commented on the findings. She underlined that further studies are scheduled to assist modern nutritionists modify the existing diet guidelines for certain groups with high prostate cancer risk. However, the expert pointed to plenty of evidence for the fact that consuming sugary drinks is liked to numerous health risks. Also, there was one more study reported earlier this year, which resulted in finding out the increased prostate cancer risk for Japanese and Chinese immigrants to the US, compared to the immigrants from other countries of the world. It is very important to raise public awareness about the issue of increased prostate cancer risk in men in our times, Drake added.
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