There were 3,683 heart disease cases over 22 years of follow-up in this large study. Participants in the top percentage of sugar-sweetened beverage intake had a 20% higher relative risk of heart disease than those in the bottom intake.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new health study showing that drinking sugary drinks can up the risk not only for diabetes, but heart disease as well.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Friday, March 30, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/the-effects-of-sweetened-drinks-on-your-heart), researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health think people should be more careful about the beverages they choose to drink.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that researchers conducted a study that involved 42,883 men. They looked for a link between consumption of sugar-sweetened (e.g. sodas) and artificially sweetened (e.g. diet sodas) beverage intake with fatal and non-fatal coronary heart disease.
There were 3,683 heart disease cases over 22 years of follow-up in this large study. Participants in the top percentage of sugar-sweetened beverage intake had a 20% higher relative risk of heart disease than those in the bottom intake. These statistics remained true even after adjusting for age, smoking, physical activity, alcohol, multivitamins, family history, diet quality, energy intake, body mass index, pre-enrollment weight change, and dieting.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the study determined that artificially sweetened beverage consumption, it wasn’t significantly associated with heart disease. The researchers concluded that intake of sugar-sweetened (but not artificially sweetened beverages) was significantly associated with:
– Increased triglycerides: Triglycerides are the major form of fat stored by the body. Elevated triglyceride levels are considered to be a risk factor for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and coronary heart disease. This is because part of the job triglycerides do is helping transport cholesterol.
– Increased C-reactive protein (CRP): When someone have atherosclerosis, the number of plaques in their arteries is directly related to the amount by which CRP levels are elevated. Basically, the levels of CRP in thebody will rise in response to any type of inflammation, including the type that leads to heart disease.
– Decreased HDL (the “good” cholesterol).
– Increased leptin: Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells. It helps to regulate body fat by interacting with the areas in the brain that control hunger. Elevated levels of leptin are also associated with inflammatory diseases.
(SOURCE: De Koning, L., et al., "Sweetened Beverage Consumption, Incident Coronary Heart Disease and Biomarkers of Risk in Men," Circulation, Mar. 12, 2012..)
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