If you regularly consume sugary beverages, then you should definitely cut down on them. A recent study has shown that there is a link between sugary drinks and heart disease. The study found that subjects who consumed 24 ounces of sugary drinks per day were two times more likely to die of heart disease than those who consumed less than one ounce.
The study was done by Emory University. It was led by a physician named John Welsh. It involved 17,340 subjects whose average age was 45. The study initially had 30,000 people in it, but people who already had type 2 diabetes or heart disease could not participate. The researchers followed the subjects for six years. When they adjusted all of the other risk factors, they found that sugary drinks can increase the risk of heart disease.
Interestingly, sugary foods do not seem to increase the heart disease risk. Researchers believe that the body metabolizes the sugar in food differently than the sugar in beverages. Food also has other nutrients such as protein and fat. This can also affect the way that the sugar is metabolized.
The results of the study are more bad news for the soft drink industry. There have been other studies done that have linked sugary drinks to other health problems such as tooth decay and type 2 diabetes. Many cities in the United States, such as Seattle, have placed a soda tax on beverages in order to discourage people from drinking them.
The researchers stated that healthcare providers need to start asking patients about their sugar consumption. Dano White is a dietitian who works for Quinnipac University. She stated that the results of this study give people another reason to avoid sugary beverages. Sugary drinks have even more of a negative impact on the body as sugary foods.