Sugary soft drinks raise heart disease risk by 20%

Sugary soft drinks raise heart disease risk by 20%

“Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with increased risk of CHD and some adverse changes in lipids, inflammatory factors and leptin” said the latest study to damn soft drinks.  

The researchers found that people who drank the highest amounts of soft drinks were 20% more likely to suffer coronary heart disease. 

Even after removing all the links to heart disease including high cholesterol, age, high triglycerides, smoking, high blood pressure, exercise, alcohol, type II diabetes, multivitamins, dieting practice, family history, energy intake, body mass index, diet quality and weight change, the association was still there. 

Specifically, drinking sugar-sweetened soft drinks was correlated significantly with increased triglycerides, c-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor receptors 1 and 2, and decreased high density lipoprotein, lipoprotein (a) and leptin. 

The study, based on data on 42,883 men over 22 years, who were enrolled in the Health professionals Follow-up Study, was analyzed by Lawrence de Koning, PhD of Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues, and published in July 2012.  As reported on Friday July 6, 2012 by Food Consumer.

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Posted: Sunday 8 July 2012