Frequent Sugary Drink Intake Increase Men's Risk of Heart Disease

Researchers from the School of Harvard Public Health reported that, men who frequently drink sugary beverages increase their chances of getting cardiovascular diseases by up to 20 per cent.

Some risk factors commonly linked to heart diseases include improper diet, obesity, family history, smoking, insufficient exercise, frequent alcohol consumption, and diabetes.

Author Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph. D., said:

"This study adds to the growing evidence that sugary beverages are detrimental to cardiovascular health. It provides strong justification for reducing sugary beverage consumption among patients, and more importantly, to the general population."

According the researchers, after taking into consideration the other risk factors, drinking sugary beverages still increased the risk of getting heart diseases. Gathering data from 43,883 males in the health professional follow-up study, the participants answered a questionnaire once every 2 years, from 1986 to 2008. The questions mainly focus on their health habits and diet. Blood samples were also taken.

The results were significant.

1. Individuals who reduced sugary beverage intake per week had no increased risk of contracting heart disease.

2. The study also found that those who drink frequently had a higher dose of C-reactive protein (CRP), triglyceride and lower HDL blood levels - all bio-indicators of heart disease.

3. Those people who frequently drink "diet" drinks (artificial sweetened flavor) had no increased risk of contracting heart disease, nor did they have bio-indicators of heart disease.

Although the study proved to link frequent intake of sugary drinks to increased risk of heart disease, they are still not sure if the result will reflect that of the general population.

Another study gathered from the 2009 Nurse's Health Study proved similar findings on women.

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