Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Consumption of sugary beverages linked with early death

Consumption of sugary beverages linked with early death

People who drank artificially sweetened beverages had, on average, a lower mortality rate than people who consumed sugary drinks. But even when the researchers in this study controlled for factors like diet, physical activity, body mass index, and age, they still found that people who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages were more likely to die early.

People who consume lots of sugary sodas and sports drinks every day may be more likely to die early of causes like heart disease and cancer than people who rarely if ever indulge in these beverages, a US study suggests.

The increased early death risk was more pronounced among women than among men, according to the study.

A few weeks ago, we were the bearers of bad news when we announced that drinking two or more cans of any artificially sweetened drink each day could significantly increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. Higher consumption of sugared drinks increases the chances of cardiovascular diseases.

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were linked to risks of premature death, particularly death from cardiovascular diseases, according to a Harvard study published on Monday in the journal Circulation.

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"Drinking water in place of sugary drinks is a healthy choice that could contribute to longevity", Malik said.

Study researcher Vasanti Malik, from the Department of Nutrition of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues looked at the link between drinking ASBs and risk of early death. The risk of death ascended with increment in utilization of more sugar-sweetened beverages. Artificial sweeteners have also been linked to weight gain and diabetes. "Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice".

For women, the risk of death jumped by 25 percent, while men had a 12 percent increase in risk. "The results also provide further support for policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes because the current price of sugary beverages does not include the high costs of treating the consequences", said Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition.

While an occasional sugary drink is unlikely to do much harm, Australians consume them at a level high above "occasional".

"It could simply be the physiological or metabolic differences between men and women", said Malik. In addition, rapid urbanization and growing beverages market in developing regions have shown a higher intake of SSB.

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