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High Sugar Consumption May Lead To Breast Cancer

Update Date: Jan 08, 2016 09:01 AM EST
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Medical experts offer a plethora of reasons for cutting back on sugar consumption. A newly published study sends stern medical warning to women who love to have more than enough sugar in their diet. Recent findings suggest links between high sugar content in Western diet and the risk of having breast cancer and metastasis to the lungs.

The study involved a thorough investigation regarding the effect of high amounts of sugar on the development of mammary gland tumor in mice. Two groups of lab mice were compared and observed. One group received starch-control diet while the other got sugar-enriched food (either sucrose or fructose).

According to CBS Local Philadelphia, researchers found that 50-58% of the mice on sugar-enriched diet (similar to the typical Western diet) had mammary gland tumors. On the other hand, 30% of the mice on starch-control diet reportedly had similar tumors. Also, lung metastases appeared to be more frequent in mice on sugar-enriched diet compared with those eating non-sugar food.

"We determined that it was specifically fructose, in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, ubiquitous within our food system, which was responsible for facilitating lung metastasis and 12-HETE production in breast tumors," said one of the study's co-author Professor Lorenzo Cohen as quoted by Curacao Chronicle.

The authors of the research also pointed out that breast cancer is fast becoming a public health concern. In addition, Americans have high risks of developing a number of medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and other types of cancers.

The findings are very timely and significantly important since per capita consumption of sugar has dramatically increased over time. New data indicated that US sugar consumption usually peaked at more than 100 lbs. every year- approximately equivalent to a daily intake of 30 teaspoons of sugar- as mentioned by Medical News Today.

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