Men who drink one sugary soft drink a day could be at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, according to
a Swedish study.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed over 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.

The results showed that men who drank 300ml of a fizzy drink a day were 40% more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who never consumed the drinks. The cancer was discovered after the men showed symptoms of the disease, and not through the screening process known as Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA).

Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Sweden’s Lund University, stated that further research on how genes respond to different diets would make it possible to “tailor food and drink guidelines for certain high-risk groups.”