Do You Love Soda? Your Prostate Might Not

I’ve been conditioned to associate the word ‘Soda’ with everything unhealthy like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, teeth problems, kidney issues..you get the picture. However, this is the first time I’ve heard of a study indicating that soda actually increases risk of prostate cancer. And if I didn’t have enough reasons earlier, I sure do now to campaign even harder against it!

Soda has more or less become a staple item in the daily American diet. It’s hard to imagine enjoying a meal without some sugary, carbonated drink. But next time you pick up a can of soda, remember drinking a soda a day can increase a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer by 40 percent, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This study involved 8,000 men and compared those men drinking 11 ounces of a soft drink a day, with people who didn’t drink any sodas . Higher risk for a later-stage form of the cancer was discovered in men consuming soda. Besides soda, connections between a milder form of prostate cancer and high consumption of sugary cereals, pasta and rice were made as well. Better keep those Froot Loops and Rice Krispies out of sight!

It should be a fairly easy choice to give up soda when you consider the other option of going through digital rectal exams, prostate cancer medications and surgeries. So guys, if your prostate is dear to you and you want to keep it healthy, maintain a watch on your intake of sugar and soda. Your life literally depends on it.

What’s Eating You?

Dear Mr. Dad: Our son is only 10, but he is already extremely overweight. He loves food and we don’t want to deny him his favorite dishes, but we’re starting to get worried about his health. What should we do?

A: You’re absolutely right to be concerned. Obesity in this country is a huge problem. And it’s getting bigger by the day. Back in the 1960s, fewer than one in ten kids 6-19 were considered overweight. Today it’s more than one in three. Put a little differently, when you were growing up, the average child drank three glasses of milk for every one of soda. Today, kids are drinking twice as much soda as milk.
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