Another Reason to Quit Soft Drinks – Pancreatic Cancer

From Healthfinder, the website of the Department of  Health and Human Services, a study that shows pancreatic cancer risk doubled for people who consume 2 or more soft drinks a week.

“Soft drinks are linked with a higher risk of pancreatic cancer,” said Noel Mueller, lead author of a study appearing in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “We can’t speculate too much on the mechanism because this is an observational study, but the increased risk may be working through effects of the hormone insulin.” read more…

To be fair, chances of getting pancreatic cancer are very low to begin with, so even doubling the risk is not the major risk factor in drinking colas and juices. Nevertheless, each new finding associating soft drink consumption with maladies should hopefully convince a few more people to take it easy with the liquid calories and to switch over to tap water.

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  • Dr. Susan Rubin

    In addition to cancer, it turns out that beverages high in fructose will also do grave danger to your liver! check out this presentation by pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig MD from UCSF.

    Apparently fructose works in ways similar to ethanol in the liver. We just weren’t designed to swill soda and fruit juice! Eat the fruit and drink some good clean tap water instead. Live a long, lean and healthy life.

  • Hiram

    I know, I know, I know. Quitting soft drinks (especially my favorite, Dr. Pepper) has been my cross for several years now. Throughout that time, I’ve quit several times only to be lured back. Currently, I’ve quit again and am on day 3.

    One thing I’ve learned is that you have to look at it exactly like any other addiction. In other words, there’s no such thing as a “recovering” addict. There are only addicts that were successful in resisting the temptation to indulge that day, and those that weren’t. And each day is a new battle since once you’re “hooked,” you’re always hooked and can relapse at any time – something I’ve proven over and over again.

    I know it sounds harsh but that seems to be the only way to combat the “I’ll only have one” syndrome. My problem with “only having one Dr. Pepper” is that before I know it, I’m back off the wagon drinking 2-3 per day.

    This time I’m determined to take Dr. Rubin’s advice and “eat the fruit and drink some good clean tap water instead!”


  • Dr. Susan Rubin

    Hiram, if you check out the video link I posted, you’ll see that your beloved Dr.Pepper acts just like booze in your liver.

    As for its addictive nature, the combo of sugar + caffeine is most certainly addictive. Why would the soda people put caffeine in?

    Get some support! Work with a knowledgeable nutritionist or health counselor and don’t just give up the soda, add some real food into your diet so you don’t crave the sugar rush! Good luck!