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Expert reaction to study looking at sugary drinks and cancer risk

Posted On: 10 Jul 2019   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

A study, published in the The BMJ, reports a possible association between higher consumption of sugary drinks and an increased risk of cancer.
Dr Amelia Lake, Reader in Public Health Nutrition, Teesside University, said:
“This is a large study of 101,257 healthy French adults with an average age of 42 years. This is an observational study so it cannot establish cause. It is a large, good quality study. The authors are aware of confounders, they are aware of the limitations of their dietary measurement techniques and the findings have been well reported.
“To measure their participants' dietary intakes they completed at least two 24-hour online validated dietary questionnaires. These are questionnaires designed to measure usual intake of 3,300 different food and beverage items. Participants were asked to fill out more than two questionnaires on their dietary intake, but only those who filled out a minimum of two are included in their analysis. Their participants were followed up...

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