Excessive consumption of added sugars is the cause of many health problems such as obesity, decreased immunity and many more. Given the kind of reputation added sugar has in the health community, one might wonder if it also causes cancer. However, the answer is not a straight yes or no.
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), eating sugar in moderation as part of a healthy diet does not cause cancer. However, eating too much sugar can contribute to an unhealthy diet or obesity, which is a risk factor for cancer.
According to ASCO, studies have shown that eating too much sugar can affect body weight. Increased body weight has been seen as a contributing factor in cancer patients. ASCO mentions that having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher can increase a person’s risk of cancer and other diseases. The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) say a person has an increased risk of 12 different cancers if they are obese during adulthood.
While researchers are still investigating the link between obesity and cancer, ASCO says there are many factors that may play a role in how obesity affects cancer risk. Some of those factors include hormones, inflammation, or how weight bias affects medical care. However, doctors advise that some cancer prevention methods include maintaining a healthy body weight.
The University of Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center recommends limiting simple sugars and refined grains, including candies, cakes, cookies, pies, pastries, white bread, refined pasta, and white rice. One should also reduce or eliminate the intake of sugary drinks, including fruit juice, carbonated drinks, and sports drinks. Include foods that occur naturally, such as fruits. Consuming fruits also has the benefit of numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and the fiber they contain will do the body good.
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