According to a study, consuming about 1 soda per day increases a man's risk of prostate cancer by 40% compared to someone not drinking the beverage.
Overall, it was found that fast-releasing carbohydrates and sugary drinks increased the risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer. But for soda specifically, the researchers found that men who drank 300ml of soda each day (slightly less than one can) were more likely to develop the type of prostate cancer which required treatment. Lead researcher Dr. Isabel Drake commented by saying ”among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent.”
In addition to the concerning association between soda consumption and increased prostate cancer risk, the researchers also found that:Men consuming a high amount of carbohydrates from wheat, rice and pasta increased their risk of developing milder forms of prostate cancer by 31%. These forms typically required no treatment.Men consuming sugary breakfast cereals saw a 38% increase in developing milder forms of prostate cancer as well.