Sugar sweet beverages increase chronic disease markers.

A new study, just released, has correlated the length and levels of consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) with the presence of chronic disease biomarkers. Disease biomarkers provide a risk assessment of the potential for developing certain diseases.

The researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and examined the correlation between drinking sugar sweetened beverages and levels of disease bio-markers from 1999-2010.

Their findings reveal that from 1999-2010 as SSB consumption decreased, the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) increased, low-density lipoprotein decreased, and C-reactive protein (CRP) decreased.

Statistical analysis revealed higher intakes of SSB were associated with lower HDL and higher CRP, independent of models with age, race/ethnicity, gender, education level and poverty income ratio adjustments.

The increase of CRP ( a protein produced by the liver), relates to the potential for inflammation as the level increases in response to inflammation found throughout the body.

Globally soda (fizzie drinks) consumption is a multi-billion dollar industry. Previous studies have illustrated the health concerns over drinking sugar sweetened beverages for years.

Once study demonstrated conclusively that was an elevated higher risk of Non Hodkins lymphoma in men but not in women with the consumption of regular sugar sweetened soda.

Another study demonstrated that there was a higher risk of pancreatic cancer in women not in men and a significant higher risk of stroke in both men and women.

The common denominating factor in all the prevailing studies was the consumption of high amount of regular sweetened sugar soda.


Schernhammer ES., Bertrand KA., Birmann BM, Sampson L., Willett WW, Feskanish D. 2012. Consumption of artificial sweetener and sugar containing soda and risk of lymphoma and leukemia in men and women. Am. J. clin. Nutrition. Oct. 24 2012. Epublication.

Schernhammer ES, Hu FB, Giovannucci E., Michaud DS., Colditz GA., Stampfer MJ., Fuchs CS. 2005 Sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in two prospective cohorts. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005 Sep;14(9):2098-105

Bernstein AM., deKoning L., Flint AJ., Rexrode KM., Willett WC. Soda consumption and the risk of stroke in men and women. Am. J. Clin. Nutrition. 2012 May, 95 (5): 1190-9. Epublication 2012, Apr. 4.

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