During new research at the Yale University, the researchers found out that people who consumed diet sodas after healing of colon cancer presented lower risks of colon cancer recurrence.
From about the 1,000 patients’ records the scientists at the Yale University analyzed, those who usually consumed one or two artificial sweetened beverages a day presented a colon cancer recurrence risks lowered by 46% in comparison to those who didn’t consume such drinks.
“Artificially sweetened drinks have a checkered reputation in the public because of purported health risks that have never really been documented. Our study clearly shows they help avoid cancer recurrence and death in patients who have been treated for advanced colon cancer and that is an exciting finding,” said Charles S. Fuchs, Director at Yale Cancer Center, and the study’s leading author.
Obesity is the leading risk factor for colon cancer
According to previous studies, obesity is the primary cause of colon cancer. Thus, the Yale University’s researchers, associated the consumption of diet soda with lower added sugar intake, favoring weight loss which may, at its turn, reduce the risks of colon cancer recurrence in patients who already defeated this disease.
“While the association between lower colon cancer recurrence and death was somewhat stronger than we suspected, the finding fits in with all that we know about colon cancer risk in general. Factors such as obesity, sedentary lifestyle, a diet linked to diabetes — all of which lead to an excess energy balance – are known risk factors,” explained Charles S. Fuchs.
However, diet sodas could not be as healthy as presented in the recent study
A previous study, carried out in April by the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, concluded that artificial sweeteners, also used in diet sodas, negatively impact on fats metabolism and energy balances in the body. The research, conducted on lab mice, revealed that diet drinks might, in fact, cause obesity.
“As with other dietary components, I like to tell people moderation is the key if one finds it hard to cut something out of their diet completely,” said Brian Hoffmann, the author of the research.