Sugary soft drinks may pose a risk of pancreatic cancer. That preliminary finding comes from a large epidemiological study in Singapore. More than 60,000 adults were tracked for 14 years. Those who drank at least two sodas a week raised their risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly 90 percent. Pancreatic cancer is considered relatively rare and quite deadly.
The investigators speculate that the sugar in soda causes a rapid increase of insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Insulin may act as a growth factor for cancer cells, and some scientists believe that sugar itself acts like fertilizer for the growth of tumors. This is not the first time sugary drinks have been linked to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. Nevertheless, the findings are controversial. The American Beverage Association maintains that there are flaws in this epidemiological study and other research has not shown a link with cancer. Fruit juice consumption was not associated with a risk of pancreatic cancer in this investigation.