Sunday, 21 July, 2019

Sugary Drinks Might Be Linked to An Increased Risk of Early Death

Drinking sugary beverages linked with early death Harvard study: Sugary drinks associated with greater risk of premature death
Anna Jefferson | 21 March, 2019, 20:53

Many studies have already connected the consumption of sugary drinks to a range of health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

The study, led by Harvard University researchers, found that drinking 1-4 sugary drinks per month was linked with one per cent increased risk of death and 2-6 drinks per week linked with six per cent increase risk of death.

A smaller link between consumption of sugar drinks and risk of death from cancer was also observed between both cohorts.

Sodas, sports drinks and other sugar sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugar in the American diet, researchers note in Circulation.

However, it is known that drinking two or more diet drinks each day is linked with an increased risk of early death among women.

"Our findings give further support to restrict the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and replace them with other beverages, ideally water, to improve longevity and overall health", said Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research scientist, Vasanti Malik, a lead author.

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The findings still held even after adjusting for major diet and lifestyle factors that could affect people's risk of mortality, such as smoking, use of alcohol, physical activity, and consumption of fruits, vegetables and red meat.

Added sugars should make up less than 10 percent of the total calories a person consumes per day, according to federal health guidelines.

High consumption of carbonated and noncarbonated fruit drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks, and energy drinks in the US initiated this study.

Consuming fewer sugary drinks has been linked to a decreased risk of death in women, researchers have said.

The observational study tracked data from almost 120,000 men and women over the course of three decades.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has always been urging people to replace sugary and diet drinks with plain, carbonated or unsweetened flavored water. In addition, rapid urbanization and growing beverages market in developing regions have shown a higher intake of SSB. They could not say the same for men, but the researchers think the link between diet drinks and deadly outcomes may be because people who are already overweight drink more of those sugar-free options. Instead of adding sugar to your coffee or drinking a soda, try drinking coffee with real cream and cinnamon or sprucing up a seltzer with a little lemon.

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