HEART WARNING OVER JUST A SINGLE TIN OF FIZZY DRINK
One can of sugary fizzy drink a day can dramatically increase the risk of a heart attack
Tuesday March 13,2012
By Jo Willey, Health Correspondent
ONE can of sugary fizzy drink a day can dramatically increase the risk of a heart attack, warn scientists.
In men, those who have a single 335ml drink every day are 20 per cent more likely to suffer heart disease.
But less frequent consumption – twice weekly and twice monthly – was not found to increase risk.
The researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, US, are calling for people to cut down on fizzy drinks.
Dr Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, said: “This study adds to the growing evidence that sugary beverages are detrimental to cardiovascular health.
“Certainly, it provides strong justification for reducing sugary beverage consumption among patients, and more importantly, in the general population.”
The study, published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, studied 42,883 men who worked in the health profession, aged 40 to 75, between January 1986 and every two years until December 2008. Other risk factors, including family history of heart disease, were looked at. The risk for women, based on the 2009 Nurses’ Health Study, was comparable, Dr Hu said.
This study adds to the growing evidence that sugary beverages are detrimental to cardiovascular health.
Dr Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health
The British Soft Drinks Association said: “Drinking sweetened beverages does not cause an increased risk of heart disease – not based on this study nor any other study in the available science.
“The authors found a link between consuming sweetened beverages and cardiovascular risk, but this could have been the result of other lifestyle changes over the 22 years.”