Drinking one sugary drink a day can wreak havoc on the body

If glucose is essential for our metabolism, it can also be very harmful. Notice to lovers of sugary drinks, it is better to avoid consuming them daily, according to a study.

Difficult to banish from the diet, sugar has a “comforting” effect on those who consume it but can also wreak havoc on the body. And this, if it is ingested daily, whether in large or small quantities. This is in any case the conclusion of a recent study relayed by the Sun. According to his findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, drinking just one sugary drink a day such as tea or coffee is linked to an increased risk of liver cancer.

To arrive at this summary, the scientists sifted through the data of 90,000 women. They examined their health over an average of 18 years through dietary questionnaires. And the results were clear: women who drank one or more sugary drinks a day were 78% more likely to develop liver cancer compared to those who had never consumed or very little during the month (three times or less).

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Further studies needed

“If our results are confirmed, reducing the consumption of sugary drinks could serve as a public health strategy to reduce the burden of liver cancer. Replacing sugary drinks with water and unsweetened coffee or tea could reduce considerably the risk”explained the lead author of the study, Longgang Zhao.

And if other data seem necessary to confirm the link, the researchers have already put forward several hypotheses which could explain this phenomenon. As they recalled, sugar increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, risk factors for liver cancer. According to them, sugary drinks can also contribute to insulin resistance and fat accumulation in the liver, two factors that also influence liver health.

As a reminder, liver cancer affects more than 8,000 new people a year in France, the vast majority of whom are men. The survival rate is low with only 13% of patients still alive five years or more after their diagnosis. Common symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, pain under the ribs, and itchy skin.

As the Institut Curie reminds us, the constant increase in cases is explained in particular by the growing number of cirrhosis linked to alcoholism and hepatitis B or C.

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