Soft drink linked to liver cancer risk in women

IndiaTimes Thursday, 1 February 2024
Soft drinks, laden with excessive sugars, artificial additives, and high-fructose corn syrup, can exert detrimental effects on liver health. The liver plays a pivotal role in metabolizing sugars, and when inundated with the elevated sugar content in soft drinks, it undergoes a process of metabolizing fructose into fat. This, in turn, contributes to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition marked by an accumulation of fat in liver cells. Continued consumption of soft drinks may exacerbate NAFLD, progressing to more severe conditions such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and, in some cases, leading to liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer. Additionally, the high levels of phosphoric acid in cola-type soft drinks may contribute to liver inflammation.

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