Sweet Drinks Trigger Heart Disease ~ World Food and Drink

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sweet Drinks Trigger Heart Disease

Sweet Drinks Trigger Heart Disease

For those of you women who like drinking sweet drinks should be more alert. Recent research shows, the habit of consuming sweetened beverages may increase the risk of heart disease.
According to the latest research results presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2011 Scientific Session in Orlando, Florida, USA, the Eve who ate two or more glasses of sugary drinks every day, even if they have normal weight, are at increased risk of heart disease and of diabetes. Sweet drinks in question here is carbonated beverages like soda or water with added sugar.

Researchers say previous studies have been reviewed and found an association between sweetened beverages and obesity, high blood lipids, hypertension, and diabetes type 2. But this time a large study showed no association between sweetened beverages and cardiovascular risk factors, the researchers said.

Lead researcher, Dr Christina Shay, as well as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City to compare the effects of consumption of sugary drinks in middle-aged women and older women.

The results showed that women who drank two glasses or more sugary drinks a day tend to be more likely to have larger waist size and have impaired fasting glucose levels. They are almost four times more likely to have elevated levels of triglycerides - a type of blood fat associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

In a statement, Shay said, women who drank more than two glasses of sweetened drinks a day waist size increases, but not necessarily gain weight.
"Most people assume that individuals who consume lots of sweetened beverages has increased obesity, which in turn, increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. While it is true, but this study suggests that risk factors for heart disease and stroke remain there even if women do not experience weight gain, "he added.

For this study, Shay and colleagues examined data from 4166 volunteers ethnically African-American, Caucasian, Chinese-Americans and Hispanics who took part in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). The participants were aged between 45-84 years.
During observations of five years, participants underwent three examinations related to changes in weight, waist size, levels of HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, fasting glucose levels, and type 2 diabetes.
Shay and colleagues note, the influence of metabolism Cosmos, sweet drinks are "complex and not homogeneous between men and women".

The researcher explained, women generally need fewer calories than men. So, when they consume sugary drinks portions will look taller so it is more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
But how exactly these drinks affect cardiovascular risk, and how the biological mechanisms that may be involved, remains unclear and needs further investigation, said the researchers, who plan to follow up these findings.


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