Study Links Sugary Drinks With Risk of Premature Death
Study followed 13,000 people
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A study at Emory University in Atlanta followed 13,000 people for more than six years. Almost 71% of the study participants were overweight or obese.
The study found that those who drank the most sugary drinks of any kind — including colas and fruit juices — had a 14% higher risk of premature death.
Each additional daily 12-ounce serving of cola or other sugar-sweetened drink was linked to an 11% increased risk; however, for fruit juice, the risk was as much as 24% higher.
Sugary beverages increase insulin resistance, raising the risk for cardiovascular disease, while fructose or fruit sugar consumption can stimulate weight gain around the waist, another risk factor for cardiovascular disease.