Soft Drink With and Without Sugar Relationship With Early Death

Soft Drink

People who drink a lot of soft drinks die earlier than people who drink little or no soda. This applies to both sugar-rich soft drinks and light drinks. This is shown by epidemiological research in 10 European countries. But on the basis of this study, no statements can be made about cause and effect.

Great European study

In the study, the researchers followed 451,743 healthy people of 50.8 years on average from 10 European countries. The participants were included in the study between 1992 and 2000 and were followed for an average of 16 years. The researchers then analyzed how many people had died and what caused their death. Of the participants, 41,693 people had died.

Relationship with death

The people who drank 2 or more glasses of soda (with sugar or sweeteners) per day had a greater risk of dying prematurely than those who drank less than 1 glass per month. Of the people who drank less than 1 glass per month, 9.3 percent died, compared to 11.5 percent of the people who drank 2 or more 250 ml glasses. The consumption of drinks with sweeteners had an association with death from circulatory diseases. Soft drinks with sugar had a relationship with death from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. There was no clear link with cancer death.

Less soda

In the epidemiological investigation, published in the JAMA, only a relationship was found and nothing can be said about cause-effect. According to researcher Dr Neil Murphy of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it is possible that people who used soft drinks more often have a greater need for sweet and therefore also eat sweet products more often, but that this was not reflected in the data. Nevertheless, the authors see the results as an additional reason to moderate the use of soft drinks. "Our results give further reason to consume less soda and replace it with healthier drinks, preferably water," he says in The Guardian .
Source: JAMA

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