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Sugary drinks tied to increased risk of premature death: study

March 18, 2019 - 3:05 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Another medical study is driving home health issues associated with a diet high in sugary drinks.

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The Harvard University study found that frequent consumption of sugary drinks like soda, sports beverages, and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease, and to a lesser extent cancer.

Researchers say woman who had more than two servings a day -- defined as a standard glass, bottle, or can -- had a 63 percent increased risk of premature death. Men who did the same had a 29 percent increased risk.

"There's been previous studies that have shown strong and consistent links between the consumption of sweetened beverages and weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, as well as other cardiometabolic conditions such as heart disease and stroke," said study author Vasanti Malik.

The study found the main causes of premature death to be cardiovascular disease, and cancer particularly colon and breast.

A spokesman for the American Beverage Association told CNN that soft drinks are a safe part of a balanced diet.

"The sugar used in our beverages is the same as sugar used in other food products. We don't think anyone should over-consume sugar, that's why we're working to reduce the sugar people consume from beverages across the country. ... [L]ow- and no-calorie sweeteners have been repeatedly confirmed as safe by regulatory bodies around the world," William Dermody Jr said.

The study was published in the journal Circulation.

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