Saturday, April 3, 2010

Soft Drinks Hike Pancreatic Cancer Risk:Study

Drinking two or more soft drinks a week may nearly double a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer, researchers are warning, according to an article in the Winnipeg Free Press, February 8, 2010

"Eating too much sugar increases insulin levels in the body, and one of the leading sources of added sugar in our diets are soft drinks."

The pancreas makes insulin and scientists believe high concentrations of insulin can drive the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.

A new study from the University of Minnesota, was based on more than 60,000 men and women in the Singapore Chinese Health Study, who were followed for 14 years. During that time, 140 people developed invasive pancreatic cancer. As part of a food frequency questionnaire, people were asked to report how often they drank one glass of pop, the equivalent of one cup.

Those who reported drinking two or more soft drinks per week had an 87 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared to those who didn't drink soft drinks. The pop drinkers were averaging five drinks per week.

Other studies in American and European populations have found similar associations.

Where do you find drinks that are low in sugar?

So glad you asked.

As I write to you, I'm feeling the energy boost from one of Usana's Rev3 low-glycemic (low sugar) energy drinks. Developed by Usana nutrition experts using antioxidants and caffeine derived from a blend of white, black and green tea extracts, Rev3 is a more natural alternative to pop or crash-and-burn energy drinks off the shelf.

It's interesting that the tea extracts provide numerous beneficial ingredients, including antioxidants and phytonutrients known to be beneficial to health and metabolism.

I love the feeling of increased energy and mental alertness from Rev3, either in the stick powder form that I put in my water bottle when working out at the gym, or the canned version for use at the home office.

Also, we find that Usana's Nutrimeal shakes are a wonderful way to start our day, or to use as meal replacements for lunch or supper.

The shakes are certified low glycemic (low sugar) and are designed to deliver sustained energy and curb cravings. They are balanced meal replacements that provide quality proteins, fibre, and a comprehensive array of vitamins. You can add fresh or frozen fruit to them as well.

Of course, in addition to avoiding sugar in pop, fruit juices and other drinks, watch for high sugar content in packaged foods, breads, bagels and desserts.

(That's my husband, Dave Waters, in the photo, explaining the benefits of Rev3 at a business function. Savvy business people appreciate energy drinks that help them be more productive throughout their busy days.)

Deanna Waters 1-888-320-8250


  1. Pancreatic Cancer badly affects the pancreas. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer differ from person to person. The early symptoms include nausea, weight loss, jaundice, vomiting etc. There are many treatments available but diagnosis is the main part. For more details refer Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

  2. Thanks for the heads up on Pancreatic Cancer sites. Very helpful. A great reminder also to cover up, limit sun exposure from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and to use well as cut down on sugar intake!