Danger of Sugary Drinks on Liver Health in Women

Danger of Sugary Drinks on Liver Health in Women

A new study published in the August 8th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests a connection between the consumption of sugary drinks and an increased risk of liver cancer and death from chronic liver disease among postmenopausal women.

Conducted by a team led by Dr. Longgang Zhao from the University of South Carolina, the study involved nearly 100,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79. These women were part of a prospective cohort study carried out at 40 clinical centers across the United States. The main goal was to explore the potential links between the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and artificially sweetened beverages, and the incidence of liver cancer and mortality due to chronic liver disease.

Over a span of approximately 21 years, the researchers tracked the participants and found that 207 women developed liver cancer, while 148 women passed away due to chronic liver disease. Analysis of the data revealed that around 6.8 percent of women were consuming one or more servings of sugar-sweetened beverages daily, and approximately 13.1 percent were consuming the same amount of artificially sweetened beverages at the three-year follow-up mark. The study’s findings indicated a significant increase in the risk of liver cancer and chronic liver disease mortality for those consuming one or more servings of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, when compared to women who had three or fewer servings of such drinks each month. However, there was no significant rise in the incidence of liver cancer or chronic liver disease mortality among those who consumed one or more servings of artificially sweetened beverages daily, compared to those who had three or fewer servings per month.

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