Sweet or diet makes no dif­fer­ence

The Prince George Citizen - - Health -

Hold up, diet soda drinkers. Reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of soft drinks – both sug­ar­sweet­ened and ar­ti­fi­cially sweet­ened – was as­so­ci­ated with a greater risk of all causes of death, ac­cord­ing to new re­search pub­lished this week in the Journal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants who drank two or more glasses of soft drinks per day had a higher risk of mor­tal­ity than those who con­sumed less than one glass per month.

The study tracked 451,743 men and women from ten coun­tries in Europe. It found that con­sump­tion of two or more glasses of ar­ti­fi­cially sweet­ened soft drinks a day was pos­i­tively as­so­ci­ated with deaths from cir­cu­la­tory dis­eases. For sugar-sweet­ened soft drinks, one or more glasses a day were as­so­ci­ated with deaths from di­ges­tive dis­eases, in­clud­ing dis­eases of the liver, ap­pen­dix, pan­creas and in­testines.

The re­searchers re­cruited peo­ple from Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Greece, Italy, the Nether­lands, Nor­way, Spain, Swe­den and the U.K. be­tween 1992 and 2000, sur­vey­ing them on their food and drink con­sump­tion. Par­tic­i­pants were ex­cluded if they re­ported in­ci­dents of can­cer, heart dis­ease, stroke or di­a­betes. Mean age was 50.8 and par­tic­i­pants were 71.1 per cent female.

Sim­i­lar re­sults have been shown in re­cent stud­ies but the re­searchers cau­tioned that elevated soft drink con­sump­tion may be part of an over­all un­healthy life­style.

“In our study, high soft drinks con­sumers had a higher body mass in­dex (BMI) and were also more likely to be cur­rent to­bacco smok­ers,” said the study’s chief re­searcher, Neil Mur­phy of the In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer. “We made sta­tis­ti­cal ad­just­ments in our analy­ses for BMI, smok­ing habits and other mor­tal­ity risk fac­tors which may have bi­ased our re­sults, and the pos­i­tive as­so­ci­a­tions re­mained.”

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