Obese and Drink a Lot of Sugary Soda? Endometrial Cancer May Be in Your Future

Over the years artificial sugars have been blamed for many things -- possible causes of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, even, believe it or not, weight gain (turns out what's in those little blue and yellow packets makes us crave more sweets).

But now sugary sodas are coming under the gun not just for the weight they can also make you gain, but because a new study has linked them to endometrial cancer.

According to NBC News, "Women who drank the most sweet soft drinks had a 78 percent increased risk of the cancer, researchers found."

Oddly, other sweet treats, such as baked goods, didn’t have an effect, and even better news, nor did natural fruit juice, even though it’s full of naturally occurring sugars.

The findings fit in with other research linking sugar intake, obesity and a lack of exercise with the cancer, which kills more than 8,000 U.S. women a year, NBC News reports.

It may be for a very simple reason. Cancer can be linked to estrogen and obese women have more estrogen. Drinking that sugary stuff can make you fat.

“Obese women tend to have higher levels of estrogens and insulin than women of normal weight,” Maki Inoue-Choi, who did the study while at the University of Minnesota and now is at the National Cancer Institute, tells NBC News.

It has to do with how insulin, which controls how the body uses sugar, affects other hormones such as estrogen. “Increased levels of estrogens and insulin are established risk factors for endometrial cancer,” NBC News quotes Inoue-Choi, who, along with colleagues, studied the records of 23,000 middle-aged women who had gone through menopause.

Endometrial cancer is found mostly in postmenopausal women. The study found that "those who were older, weighed more, who had late menopause or had a history of diabetes were at higher risk of endometrial cancer, which is diagnosed in nearly 50,000 U.S. woman every year," NBC News notes.

But it's not hard to figure out why this may be happening, and sugary sodas may not be the culprit, after all. Obese women tend to ingest lots of fatty things, not just soda, but that was what was studied.


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