Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease

On Sunday November 13th, the American Heart Association held a meeting in Orlando, Florida where the results of a recent study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma, were shared with those in attendance. The researchers studied the link between sugary drinks, like soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer, to heart disease. Over 4,200 healthy men and women of the ages 45 to 84 were studied. The study showed that heart disease increased in women who drank two or more sugary drinks per day.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, includes several health problems which are directly related to a condition called atherosclerosis which is when plaque builds in the walls of the arteries. The buildup causes a narrowing in the arteries which makes it more difficult for blood to flow. If the plaque breaks off it can form a blood clot which can prevent flow of the blood and cause a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer for men and women in America.
The study by the University of Oklahoma researchers showed that over time, women had an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes when drinking more than 1 sugary drink per day. Women who drank less than 1 sugary drink per day, were 4 times less likely to have elevated triglyceride levels. High levels of triglycerides are linked to causing heart disease.
The women who drank several sugary drinks per day also gained weight or extra body fat around the stomach and waist. Obesity is also a factor in heart disease. However, the study didn’t prove any links to heart disease in men. Researchers believe that this was due to the fact that men have bigger bodies and higher energy requirements. Bottom line, researchers state that cutting down on sugary drinks per day or supplementing them with health fruit juices or coconut water can prevent several health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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