Eating Sugar Doubles The Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer, Study Finds

Filed under: Study — @ November 10, 2006

In just the past two weeks, we have learned from scientists that it can lead to cancer in the kidneys and also in the esophagus. But now there is new evidence from Swedish researchers that a diet high in the refined carbohydrate sugar can actually bring about an elevated risk in the development of pancreatic cancer as well.

Pancreatic cancer currently accounts for 2 percent of all new cancer cases and 6 percent of deaths from cancer annually. The development of pancreatic cancer results from the release of high levels of insulin when glucose metabolism is disturbed. One of the most common reasons for this is the introduction of excessive sugar in the body. Researchers have only now realized for the first time that there is a connection between sugar intake and the development of pancreatic cancer.

For those in the Swedish study published in the November 2006 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition who consumed five or more servings of added sugar daily, there was a 90 percent (nearly DOUBLE!) increase in their risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Even more startling is the fact that it only took two servings of sugary sodas daily to bring about this higher risk.

Where are the public service announcements, the real-life stories of those who have been negatively impacted by consuming sugar, the outcry from the public? It’s nonexistent because people have not been given the information about what sugar can do to them. Even with studies like this one today linking sugar consumption to pancreatic cancer, most people will just shrug their shoulders and go on about their lives eating a honeybun and a Super Big Gulp full of sugary soda without thinking twice about it. Have people gone insane?

Click here to read more about this study on the negative effects of sugar consumption on the risk of getting pancreatic cancer and why this new research should make health leaders start taking sugar more seriously as a public health threat.


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