A new study published in the BMJ has revealed that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages in men is linked to heart failure.
Other studies have specified numerous health conditions associated with the consumption of these beverages increases the general public health burden, including diabetes, stroke and metabolic syndrome.
Heart failure is defined by the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as a situation when the “heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs,” and impacts on 23 million worldwide.
The study participants consisted of 42,400 men who completed an evaluation asking questions with regard to physical activity, diet, anthropometric traits, consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and various other lifestyle factors.
The research findings revealed that men who consumed at least two servings per day of sweetened beverages had a 23% higher risk of heart failure, compared with non-consumers.
The relationship between sweetened beverage consumption and risk of heart failure in men, Susanna Larsson PhD et al., BMJ, doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-307542, published online 2 November 2015.
Preventing heart failure: sweetened beverages and healthy lifestyles, Miguel A Martínez-González et al., Heart, doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-308426, published online 2 November 2015, editorial.