Research links sugar and pancreatic c...

Research links sugar and pancreatic cancer

There are 28 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Research links sugar and pancreatic cancer. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A diet high in sugars has been linked to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, a Cancer Research Center of Hawaii study shows.

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cinnamon

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jun 23, 2008
Just curious about potential study positive results for those who intake cinnamon regularly, especially with their "sweets?"
Sammo

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jun 23, 2008
So what? Now I must avoid fruits as well as pastries, soft drinks, and everything that tastes good. I thought papaya, apples, and bananas were always good for you. I guess the best guideline is if it tastes good, it must be bad for you.
Free

Mililani, HI

#3 Jun 23, 2008
Basically, the research tells us what Grandma told us all along, their is no substitute for the real thing. Eat your real fruits and vegetables. Skip the fake stuff (even if made from the extracts of the real stuff) pretending to be made from the real stuff!
I believe if you go back to making things from scratch including pastries and soda most all of these issues will go away. Let's get back to the basics!
Great Kid

AOL

#4 Jun 23, 2008
Don't drink too much sodas!!!!!!!!
Huh

Kailua, HI

#5 Jun 23, 2008
Free wrote:
Basically, the research tells us what Grandma told us all along, their is no substitute for the real thing. Eat your real fruits and vegetables. Skip the fake stuff (even if made from the extracts of the real stuff) pretending to be made from the real stuff!
I believe if you go back to making things from scratch including pastries and soda most all of these issues will go away. Let's get back to the basics!
Huh? Did you read the article? It didn't say anything about using substitute sweeteners. Fructose occurs naturally in fruits. Cane sugar is not artificial. Even if you ingest natural sugars and make things "from scratch", you'd still have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.
Char Siu Bao Girl

AOL

#6 Jun 23, 2008
WOW! That's a stunning discovery.

Since: Apr 08

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jun 23, 2008
Like my momma always said, "Moderation is the key." Don't over-do your sweets!
Vegasbaby

United States

#8 Jun 23, 2008
Sammo wrote:
So what? Now I must avoid fruits as well as pastries, soft drinks, and everything that tastes good. I thought papaya, apples, and bananas were always good for you. I guess the best guideline is if it tastes good, it must be bad for you.
The key word in the study is high. High sugar intake has been linked...... Like anything else, moderation is the key. My wife has been on the no high fructose corn syrup lifestyle for 2 years now. Now I have to concede that she may have been correct.
I would guess that the fructose in fruit & antioxidants will balance out but who knows.
healthyat70

United States

#9 Jun 23, 2008
Keep everything in perspective--balance is the key word.
Live and let live! Too much worrying can kill you too.
Thomas

Elgin, AZ

#10 Jun 23, 2008
Sammo wrote:
So what? Now I must avoid fruits as well as pastries, soft drinks, and everything that tastes good. I thought papaya, apples, and bananas were always good for you. I guess the best guideline is if it tastes good, it must be bad for you.
The fruit is good for you ! It's the soft drinks , soda pops , candy bars and pastries to avoid too much of ! When I lived in Hawaii I ate Papayas and fresh mangos every day and I felt much better and was healthier than what I am now ! The artifical sugars and white flour is what a person should avoid !
IVETTE CAMACHO

Chicago, IL

#11 Jun 24, 2008
What else?...When will be a cure for it?
Tammy

Janesville, WI

#12 Jul 8, 2008
I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with PC (non-functioning islet cell tumor) and had the Whipple procedure. I was 39 years old, and weighed 130lbs. I believe that my diet before surgery was very high in sugar intake. Right after sugery I had NO interest what so ever in anything sugary. After 2 years post surgery my interest level in sugar has come back. I firmly believe sugar had something to do with my PC.
John Yoakam

Beaverton, OR

#13 Jul 9, 2008
I had a pre-diebetic condition 3-4 years prior to being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 27, 2008. I sorted through and ruled out many other possible causes including heredity, smoking, poor diet (except for a sweet tooth), lack of exercise. I began to see my blood sugar creeping up into the high normal range and finally took Actos to help lower the blood sugar. It helped but I fear that the tumors were already growing and began to metastisize to my lungs. A cough that wouldn't go away was the clue that something was wrong. Thanks for including this article in your newspaper. I learned about it through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Diane - Ocala FL

Ocala, FL

#14 Aug 12, 2008
Can someone tell me what the deal is with sodas? Is it the sugar, leaching of calcium from the bones, the artifical sweetners, or what? Is Splenda included in that? I keep hearing people say that but don't know just quite where it comes from. Trying to understand. Thanks.

“Keep it Real”

Since: May 07

Olean

#15 Aug 12, 2008
Diane - Ocala FL wrote:
Can someone tell me what the deal is with sodas? Is it the sugar, leaching of calcium from the bones, the artifical sweetners, or what? Is Splenda included in that? I keep hearing people say that but don't know just quite where it comes from. Trying to understand. Thanks.
Soda taken in hight amounts in general is bad for you. Doesn't matter what kind it is diet or regular. The amount of sugar of regular soda has tons of empty calories and fools your body that its getting the nutrients when its not. Diet soda has artificial sweeteners that stimulate tastebuds to taste sweet but the body can't extract energy from these compounds. Splenda is a chlorinated sugar molecule, hence splenda's claim 'its made from sugar'. For diabetes these are good because it can give them a quick fix for something sweet. Although alot of research claims that artificial sweeteners are harmless, some research speculates that these sweeteners can build up over time in the body and cause some damage. Aspartame, for example, is a dipeptide molecue made from aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Individuals born with a genetic condition, phenylketoneurea (PKU), can not break down the phenylalanine portion of aspartame. Phenylalanin in the bloodstream an cross thru the blood brain barrier and causes severe mental damage. Thus you will see alot of diet products on the market that have a warning for people with PKU that the artifical sweetener is Aspartame. Look at Diet Pepsi.
I hope I helped you.
Fatima

Pacoima, CA

#16 Sep 20, 2008
My mom's diabetes onset was at age 55. Mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in August 2007 and passed away in January of this year. What a horrible disease. Luckily it was fast and relatively painless. Mom started losing weight in 2004, suffered mild depression and lack of energy for 4 years. She always blamed her diabetes and the medication she was taking not knowing that something else was killing her.
i_rabbit

Portland, OR

#17 Oct 17, 2008
I was diagnosed at age 40 with Active Glcagonoma which had metastasized to the liver. Sure enough I ate a diet high in sugar, fruit, and carbs. After daignosis and two life prolonging surgeries I have done a lot of my own research which is in line with these findings. Fact - at the turn of the century the average person consumed about 5 lbs of sugar a year, mostly raw or unprocessed. Today the average person eating a typical American diet consumes about 134 lbs of refined sugar in a year. Google 'Sugar Lobby' if you are interested in the history of why and how sugar came to be such a prominent feature of our diet and economy - it is one of the oldest protected industries. It is also poison to the body in an unrefined state and a known addictive substance - psychologically and biologically. Just try to buy food that does not contain sugar - it takes quite an effort. Fructose in its crystallized form is not to be confused with high fructose corn syrup and while fruits contain fructose, they also provide the enzymes necessary to process the fructose - especially citrus fruits. The information is widely available and the choice is yours...
Grandma was right - eat yer greens!
i_rabbit

Portland, OR

#18 Oct 17, 2008
I'm sorry, that should read; "in a refined state" - processed sugar = bad for you!
CAG

Lutz, FL

#19 Nov 19, 2009
I have friend who I served on an overseas army deployment. She was always a huge candy consumer....bigger than what I consider normal for an adult. She can take a bag of jelly beans and eat them handfuls at a time and put several scoops of white sugar in her tea each morning. She always had a candy dish in her barracks and at work. I've always wondered what sort of an effect that may have on the pancreas. I, unfortunately got my answer. She's currently in hospice care dying of incurable pancreatic cancer.
CAG

Lutz, FL

#20 Dec 15, 2009
I researched this article because I had a friend who just died of pancreatic cancer. She had a very high sugar intake. My question is, what does this study consider to be high sugar? How much is a lot?

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