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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Health Risks

Sugar-sweetened beverages linked to diabetes and heart disease in new study


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Sugar-sweetened beverages significantly contribute to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure and other heart risk factors, according to a new investigation.

Researchers reviewed 36 studies on the cardio-metabolic effects of sugar-sweetened beverages over the past decade.

They found a strong link between consumption of drinks like soda and juice to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and reduced HDL or good cholesterol levels.

Most of the studies reviewed looked at people who drank more than 5 sugar-sweetened beverages a week.

The Senior author says, “The findings demonstrate there is a clear need for public education about the harmful effects of excess consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.”