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HUGE STUDY: Too much sugar for teens linked to breast cancer risk

By Camilla Wagstaff |


I Quit Sugar - HUGE STUDY: Too much sugar for teens linked to breast cancer risk

  • A new study shows teens who consume a high-sugar, low-vegetable diet may increase their risk of breast cancer by up to 35 per cent.
  • Women who ate a similar diet in their 20s, 30 and 40s increased their risk by 41 per cent.
  • These diets promote chronic inflammation, boosting women’s chances of developing the disease before menopause.

Yet another reason to get teens to eat their greens. And drink less pop!

A new study from the University of California shows teens who consume a diet low in veg and high in sugar, refined carbs, processed meats and margarine could dramatically increase their risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer.

The scientists – who analysed data from more than 45,000 women over 22 years – reckon it comes down to way that a diet high in these foods promotes chronic inflammation throughout the body.

Teenagers are by far the biggest consumers of sugar in Australia – with some eating up to 38 teaspoons A DAY.

Cancer and other lifestyle diseases may seem totally foreign when you’re young. But as more science like this rolls in, we need to find ways to get the message across to that hard-to-reach teenage market. Before it’s too late.

How can we encourage teens to make better eating choices?

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