Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Sugary Beverages Linked With Increased Risk of Premature Death

Sugary Beverages Linked With Increased Risk of Premature Death

When compared to consuming a sugary drink once a month or less drinking 1-4 per month was linked to a 1% increased mortality risk; 2-6 per week was associated with a 6% increase; 1-2 per day was associated with a 14% increase; and 2+ per day was associated with a 21% increase.

The US trial involved more than 80,000 women and 37,000 men, who were followed for almost three decades.

The American Beverage Association (ABA) in response to the study said in a statement that soft drinks are "safe to consume as part of a balanced diet" and the sugar they used was same as that found in food products.

The more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) a person drank, the more risks of early death from any cause increased, according to the study.

In comparison to participants who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages infrequently, those who consumed two or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day were at a 31% higher risk of early death due to heart disease.

Just a couple of cans each day is also enough to increase the overall risk of a premature death by more than a fifth. Each additional serving per day of SSBs was linked with a 10 percent increased higher risk of cardiovascular diseases-related death.

Previous research has linked the consumption of SSBs to health problems such as weight gain and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart problems.

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When the researchers also took into consideration various factors that might affect the volunteers' risk of premature death, their findings were still the same.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the USA diet.

"We don't think anyone should overconsume sugar, that's why we're working to reduce the sugar people consume from beverages across the country", William Dermody said in an email. For women, their risk increased by 25 percent, while the risk for men was up 12 percent. But now, there's even more evidence that they're tied to an increased risk of early death, especially for women. Although consumption has declined in the past decade, it has rebounded slightly in recent years - and the typical adult gets about 145 calories a day from these drinks.

When people drink sodas and other sugary beverages, they may be more likely to develop risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health problems, Malik said.

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

What to drink instead: Rather than drinking sugary or artificially sweetened drinks, researchers recommend drinking more water, as it is the best and healthiest choice.

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