Men who drink a soda a day are at greater risk of getting a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, according to a new study by Swedish doctors released Monday.
The study, which will be published in the newest edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed about 8,000 men between the ages of 45 and 73 for about 15 years, reports Business Insider. Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University, stated of the study:
“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 percent.”
The study discovered that men who drank one normal-sized (11-ounce) soft drink a day were 40 percent more likely to develop a more serious form of prostate cancer that required treatment than those who didn’t drink a sugar-laden drink.
Drake stated that the scientists also discovered that those who had a diet filled with rice and pasta also had an increase in risk of getting milder forms of prostate cancer, which usually did not require treatment, notes The New York Daily News. Their risk rose by 31 percent. Those who had a high intake of sugary breakfast cereals also raised the incidence of milder prostate cancers by 38 percent.
Further research will be needed before they request a change to dietary guidelines, though there are already plenty of reasons for people to cut down on soft-drink consumption, as well as sugar consumption. The men in the study underwent regular medical examinations and also kept a journal of their food and drink intake.
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