Drinking soda every day?
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, published a study titled "Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Liver Cancer and Chronic Liver Disease Mortality" in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, explaining a possible link between the regular consumption of sweetened drinks and death due to liver cancer. The study involved nearly 100,000 postmenopausal women followed for a median of twenty years.
The study's lead authors, Dr. Longgang Zhao, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Xuehong Zhang, ScD, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, revealed participants who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages daily had a chronic liver disease mortality rate of 17.7 per 100,000 person-years. In contrast, this rate decreased to 7.1 for individuals who consumed such drinks three times or less monthly. No significant cancer risk was observed for artificially sweetened beverages.