Correlation Between Dietary Sugar Intake And Risk For Cancer

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The body requires sugar (Espat, 2015). However, there is recent speculation that sugar can cause cancer. “More than one million people in the United States (US) get cancer each year” (American Cancer Society, 2016). Most Americans eat more than double the recommended daily intake of sugar each day (Espat, 2015). According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, individuals should not consume more than 10% of their calories from sugar (US Department of Agriculture, 2016). While increased sugar intake can lead to other issues, such as obesity, which is associated with cancer, “diabetes and cancer occur together more often than would be expected by chance alone” (Oncology Nutrition, 2016). The purpose of this study is to provide additional information on a topic that should be of great importance to the public. Everyone should be informed of preventable factors that can be linked to an increased risk of cancer. This study will explore the correlation between dietary sugar intake with risk for cancer. Many experts argue over the relation of sugar and cancer, and very little research has been done on the topic. The University of Texas: MD Anderson Cancer Center associates obesity, a result of high sugar diets, to be the actual correlating variable between cancer and sugar (Espat, 2015). However, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, 2012) reports that elevated blood sugar levels lead to mutations in DNA, which
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