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Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease in Men

Posted on May 27th, 2012

Recently, the American Heart Association published a study in the journal, Circulation, showing that drinking 12 ounces of regular soda, fruit drinks and other sugar-sweetened drinks daily was linked to a higher risk of heart disease in men.  The results were significant even after considering other cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use, and a family history of heart disease.

Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the lead author of the study, said the results were important because even just one drink per day was linked to an increased risk of heart disease. “These drinks should be treated as a treat, not for all the time,” Dr. Hu stated.

Sugar-sweetened beverages include: regular soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and sugar-sweetened water.

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