2 soft drinks a day can increase your risk for earlier death



However the charges for these ingesting artificially-sweetened drinks have been considerably greater than these consuming full sugar variations, the World Health Organization analysis discovered.

The beverage industry is already pushing back against a almost 20-year-long European study that found that consuming soft drinks with sugar or artificial sweeteners was linked with elevated risks of death from all causes.

"Artificially sweetened soft drinks have few or no calories; however, their long-term physiological and health implications are largely unknown", the study authors wrote.

While it found an association, the current study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between soda and a higher risk of early death.

The researchers recruited people from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom between 1992 and 2000, surveying them on their food and drink consumption. 70 per cent of the participants were women and the subjects had an average age of just over 50 years.

The findings support public health initiatives to limit soft drink consumption.

The scientists, from the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, said it would be "prudent" to cut out all soft drinks and have water instead.

"We made statistical adjustments in our analyses for BMI, smoking habits and other mortality risk factors which may have biased our results and the positive associations remained".

Experts said it was possible that people drinking diet drinks were doing so because they were obese or had diseases such as diabetes, but said the study had tried to adjust for that.

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In addition to a higher risk of dying from all causes for those who drank more than two sodas a day, more sodas were also linked to some specific causes of death.

"This doesn't mean that soft drinks cause early death as in these types of studies there are other factors which may be behind the association we observed", Murphy said.

Consumption of soft drinks - whether sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners - may be associated with an increased risk of premature death, according to a study.

The link to digestive disease in the study is interesting, said Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

The research is the largest study to examine links between soft drink consumption and mortality.

Sugar-sweetened drinks could result in weight gain and obesity.

And deaths from cardiovascular disease went up 52 percent.

Seth Goldman, chief executive of Honest Tea, which is owned by Coca-Cola, said the study should prod big soda companies to introduce alternative beverages.

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