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Want to live longer? Stop consuming soft drinks

Want to live longer? Stop consuming soft drinks

Bottom Line: Greater consumption of soft drinks, including both sugar- and artificially sweetened, was associated with increased risk of overall death in a population-based study of almost 452,000 men and women from 10 European countries. They also may affect the way the hormone insulin is used in the body, which can lead to inflammation, Murphy noted.

The researchers allow that there were differences between the two groups of study participants that went beyond soft drink consumption.

The new study also found the link between diet drinks and death rates persisted among those of a healthy weight.

When the category was narrowed down, those who drank more than two glasses of artificially sweetened soft drinks had a 26% increased risk of death, while the risk increased 8% for those drinking the same quantity of sugary drinks.

Consumption of soft drinks - whether sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners - may be associated with an increased risk of premature death, according to a study.

The researchers then excluded the individual with no data on soft drink consumption and had conditions, like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, at the beginning of the study.

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People who had more than one sugar-sweetened soda a day compared to fewer than one a month had a higher risk of dying from digestive diseases.

Consuming two eating regimen drinks a day may enhance the danger of early loss of life by greater than 1 / 4, the World Well being Organisation has warned. "Also, in our study, high soft drinks consumers had higher body mass Index (BMI) and were also more likely to be current tobacco smokers", Murphy added.

William Dermody Jr., a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, offered a similar view. Soft drink consumption was collected on food questionnaires or in interviews at baseline from 1992 to 2000.

But the rates for those drinking artificially-sweetened beverages were significantly higher than those consuming full sugar versions.

"We found that higher soft drink intake was associated with a greater risk of death from any cause regardless of whether sugar-sweetened or artificially-sweetened drinks were consumed", said study senior author Neil Murphy from International Agency for Research on Cancer in France. "There really is no need to consume them", Heller said, suggesting suggested water, seltzer or tea instead.

While the studies, published in the BMJ on Thursday, did establish links, researchers stressed that further work needs to be done to better understand these effects.


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