Circulation, an American Heart Association’s journal,published a new report on the association between drinking sugary drinks and a greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease especially among women
The new report was done by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to determine if drinking sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages would be bad for life expectancy. Two studies were used by researchers: the Health Professionals follow-up study of 37,716 men which began in 1986 and the Nurses’ Health Study which began in 1976. Researchers studied controlling factors such as diet, physical activity and body mass index (BMI).
Previous studies over the years found a connection between drinking sweetened soft drinks and weight gain and health problems particularly related to Type II diabetes and heart disease and a daily diet of diet soda habit was linked to higher risks of stroke and dementia according to
reports that were drawn from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) at Boston University Medical Center in 2017.
But this new study revealed that people who drank two or more sugary drinks were at a 31 percent higher risk of death from heart disease and 18 percent higher risk of death primarily from heart disease and then from breast or colon cancer.
When sorted by gender though, those who had more than two servings of sugary drinks a day saw an increase in risk of 63 percent of an early death in women while the report showed only a 29 percent increase in risk for men.
The AHA reports that there is an average of 140 to 150 calories for a typical can of soda which amounts to 35 to 37 grams of sugar which makes sweetened drinks the largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet.
Substituting sugar sweetened drinks with artificially-sweetened drinks may lower risks by 4% of overall mortality rates still has a higher risk death impact especially for women who drink four or more drinks per day.
Vasanti Malik, lead author on the paper for the new study says that the most important impact on longevity is drinking water in place of any sugary drink. It is the best and healthiest choice we can make.