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Study Links Sugary Drinks to Higher Risk of Premature Death

Study Links Sugary Drinks to Higher Risk of Premature Death

Dietary and other lifestyle choice data was analysed from 80,647 women aged 30-55 in the NHS study between 1980-2014; and data from 37,716 men aged 40-75 in the HPFS study from 1986-2014. Controlling for physical activity levels and other health indicators, they compared the subjects' diets, focusing on soft drinks, fruit drinks and sports drinks featuring added sugars.

A 34 year-long study of more than 118,000 men and women across the United States released Monday in the journal Circulation suggests that people who drink more sugar-sweetened beverages are more likely to die from all sorts of reasons, and especially from heart problems and cancers. Those who drank one to two SSBs per day were 14 percent more likely to die during the study period compared with those who drank less than one SSB per month.

A 2017 study also found that people who consume at least one diet soda every day have almost three times the risk for dementia.

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.

Researchers found that for every additional sugary drink a person consumed, their risk of dying from heart disease increased by 10 percent.

A study published Monday, March 18, 2019, found an association between consuming sweetened drinks and an increased risk for death.

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Substituting one sugary beverage per day with an artificially sweetened one was found to lower the risk of premature death, but drinking four or more artificially sweetened beverages increased the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease in women.

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"The big picture is really starting to emerge", said Malik.

Also, among both men and women, there was a modest link between SSB consumption and early death risk from cancer. "Replacing sugar sweetened beverages with other beverages, particularly water, is one strategy to improve health and longevity". "Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice". Artificial sweeteners have also been linked to weight gain and diabetes.

The study supports policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes.

Artificially sweetened beverages could be used to replace sugary drinks, but high consumption of the artificially sweetened drinks should also be discouraged, the research team says.