Diet soda linked to reduced colon cancer death, study says

It is well established fact that medical science has not yet created a cure to completely kill off colon cancer, but recent research makes a shocking revelation: experts believe that the consumption of diet soda can actually aid in reducing the episodes of recurrence of colon cancer.

Recently, a study was conducted by the researchers at the Yale Cancer Center, and its records were made public through the Public Library of Science Journal. Basically, this study attempted to examine the association of colon cancer with various, commonly consumed food items.

The researchers attempted to understand how certain food items, particularly artificially sweetened beverages, can interfere with the post-cancer surgery outcomes. Senior author, Charles S. Fuchs, is reported to have shared,

We wanted to ask the question if, after cancer has developed and advanced, would a change in lifestyle — drinking artificially sweetened beverages — change the outcome of the cancer post-surgery.

In order to conduct this observation, Charles and his team analyzed the lifestyles and diets of over 1,000 patients suffering from colon cancer, enrolled in a National Cancer Institute that supported research and clinical trials. The participants were handed out nutrition questionnaires to fill out, and these questionnaires were designed to obtain information regarding their consumption of more than 130 beverages and food items. The researchers then used this information to track the recurrences of colon cancer, and the death rates of patients for the nearly seven years.

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Once the results were analyzed and conclusions were deduced, the research revealed that the patients who had consumed a daily serving of one or more 12-ounce soft drinks had a 46% improvement in their risk factors of colon cancer recurrence or death as compared to the participants who didn’t consume any soft drinks.

The researchers termed the soft drinks as caffeinated colas, carbonated beverages and caffeine-free colas. The study aided in clearing up the bad reputation that is associated with artificially sweetened beverages by clearly validating how they aid in eliminating chances of cancer recurrence and death amongst patients.

Charles further clarified the stance taken by the research by adding,

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.

Even though the researchers are still ambiguous as to why there is an association between reduced recurrence and death rates of colon cancer and diet soda consumption, they strongly recommend that the health benefits and impacts of similar soft drinks must be studied extensively.

Charles Fuchs advocated the case for diet sodas and artificially sweetened beverages by saying,

Concerns that artificial sweeteners may increase the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and cancer have been raised, but studies on issues such as weight gain and diabetes have been very mixed, and, regarding cancer, epidemiologic studies in humans have not demonstrated such relationships.

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