Although most people realize that soda isn't the healthiest beverage, a new study has shown that those who refrain from drinking the refreshment are less likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The results of the report, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, followed more than 60,000 men and women living in Singapore for over 14 years.
"The high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth," said Mark Pereira, senior author of the study.
However, Susan Mayne of Yale Cancer Center, cautioned that people should be weary of these findings.
"Although this study found a risk, the finding was based on a relatively small number of cases and it remains unclear whether it is a causal association or not," said Mayne, an editorial board member of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Retirement living seniors who wish to continue drinking carbonated drinks have other ways to prevent cancer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, those who refrain from smoking and maintain a healthy weight are less likely to be diagnosed with the disease.