Excessive sugar being bad for you isn’t new news. Indeed, pop, candy, and other sweets can have a serious impact on your waistline, not to mention your teeth.
Now, the specific connection between diseases and sugary beverages, such as soda, sports drinks, and sweetened coffee beverages, is clearer.
Earlier this month, the journal of the American Heart Association, Circulation, released findings that show people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
“No matter what drink you take, excessive consumption [of sugar] is a problem. High overall sugar intake from any drink like coffee with sugar or juices can lead to problems,” according to Dr. Sanjiv Patel, a cardiologist at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in California. “Higher consumption of sugar leads to increased incidence of weight gain and diabetes, which in turn leads to increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.”
This study joins previous research that points to the relationship between a high-sugar diet and negative heart health outcomes.
However, in this study, the authors controlled other dietary factors, physical activity, and body mass index, items that could be independently linked with sugar-sweetened beverages.
The results still pointed to the damaging effects sugary beverages may have, regardless of other possible cardiovascular risk factors.