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Early Death By Sugary Drinks

Study suggests a huge link!

 

I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to put together that sugary drinks, like soda, are not the best for your health. But a new report suggests it might be worse than we thought – especially for women.

According to a study published in the American Heart Association journal ‘Circulation’; drinking two sugary beverages a day can increase the risk of premature death by 29% for men, and 63% for women. This is in comparison to those who drink a sugary beverage less than once a month.

Why such the high numbers in women, compared to men?

Lead author of the study, Vasanti Malik, said while it isn’t clear, “It could simply be the physiological or metabolic differences between men and women,” he continued, “It could also be something methodological, where women tend to under-report energy intake a little bit more than men.” .

Sugary drinks have also been linked to risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in previous studies.

So you should just switch to diet soda, right? Not so fast – while swapping out one diet drink a day can help lower the risk, drinking two or more can lead to many of the same health issues.

“Drinking water in place of sugary drinks is a healthy choice that could contribute to longevity,” said Malik in a statement. “Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice.”

How many sugary drinks do you consume per day? What about artificially-sweetened drinks like diet soda?

 

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