According to statistics of the National Health Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan (China), colorectal cancer is always the most common cancer in Taiwan. When it comes to the cause of this scary disease, we often just think to processed foods, foods high in salt, pickled vegetables, high-salt dishes, alcohol… Meanwhile, high-sugar drinks are also an easy culprit for colorectal cancer, which is often ignored. via.
In recent days, the Taiwanese media has been stirred up by the news that a woman was suddenly found to have near-term colon cancer despite living a healthy life. The gastroenterologist who shared her case on the health program “The Doctor Is Hot” said that she has a stable weight, BMI in the ideal range, and has rarely had minor illnesses before.
In particular, this woman never smoked or drank alcohol, limited red meat, rarely ate processed foods and greasy dishes. She is also always interested in drinking enough water every day and exercising in moderation. Therefore, when she received the diagnosis of stage 3 rectal cancer, she was so surprised and panicked that she couldn’t hold back her tears and sobbed right at the hospital.
As it turns out, she has a habit of drinking at least 1 cup of milk tea or other sugary drinks every day. She thinks this is also a way to replenish water and energy for the body. Moreover, she does not choose alcoholic or carbonated drinks, and even regularly drinks juices, so it will not affect her health.
Until one day, while working, she suddenly had severe stomach pain, taking painkillers did not help. Worried about her recent lack of appetite, dull abdominal pain, and black stools, she went to the hospital for a checkup. Unexpectedly, the results of the re-examination were near-end-stage colorectal cancer.
Sugary drinks not only cause diabetes but also lead to cancer
Dr. Wu Bingxiu from the Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology at Shin Kong Hospital (Taiwan, China) said that sugary drinks not only cause diabetes but also affect the heart and cancer. In particular, colorectal cancer due to excessive consumption of sugary drinks is more common in young people.
Because like the woman just mentioned above, young Taiwanese people are very fond of milk tea, shakes with added sugar or cream cheese, cheese… Smoothies, fruit juices are good for health but drink improperly, adding a lot of sugar, drinking too much will also make blood sugar spike.
Meanwhile, Dr. Wu asserts that high blood sugar itself is a cancer-causing factor for two reasons. Firstly, if blood sugar is too high, the osmotic pressure in the body is very high, which will cause inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body. The second reason is from colon polyps. According to statistics, the prevalence of colorectal polyps in diabetic patients is 30% higher than in the general population. Meanwhile, colorectal polyps are one of the highest risk factors for colorectal cancer.
Therefore, he also reminds us to control our sugar intake and pay attention to the following colorectal cancer symptoms:
Change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation)
– Feeling nauseous or vomiting.
– The feeling of going to the toilet does not go away.
– Often feel very tired, anorexia.
– Unexplained weight loss.
See blood (either bright red or dark) in the stool.
– Notice that the stools are smaller than usual and have abdominal pain and discomfort.
In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, when cancer is late, some people feel the lump under the skin of the abdomen, jaundice, and the abdomen gradually enlarges … At this time, it is advisable to quickly see a doctor for examination and treatment before too late.
Source and photo: HK01, Asia One, Health People