Even sugar-free soft drinks can up risk of early death

Even sugar-free soft drinks can up risk of early death: (Times of India, Times Trends, Sep 5, 2019):

  • A study involving 45000 participants from 10 European countries found that those who drank two or three glasses of soft drinks, including sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drinks, per day had a higher risk of mortality from all causes than those who consumed less than one glass per month.
  • Published in “JAMA Internal Medicine” this study surveyed participants on their food and drink consumption between 1992 and 2000 and followed up an average of 16 years later.
  • Jonathan Perason Stuttard from Imperial College, London, said this study adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests possible negative associations between soft drinks and common causes of deaths such as heart attack and stroke.
  • Neil Murphy, one of the study’s lead authors, said: “This doesn’t mean soft drinks cause early death as in these types of studies there are other factors which may be behind the association.”..”For instance, high soft drink consumption may be a marker of overall unhealthy diet. Also, in our study, high soft drinks consumers had higher body mass index (BMI) and were also more likely to be current tobacco users.”

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