Soft drinks linked to higher death risk

In a new study, researchers found the consumption of more soft drinks, including both sugar- and artificially sweetened, was like to increased risk of overall death.

The research was conducted by an international team.

In the study, the researchers examined nearly 452,000 men and women from 10 European countries, including Denmark. France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

These participants were followed up to 16 years.

Soft drink consumption was collected on food questionnaires or in interviews at baseline from 1992 to 2000.

The team found drinking two or more glasses per day (compared with less than one glass per month) of total soft drinks, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks were linked to a higher risk of death from all causes.

Also among the findings was a higher risk of death from circulatory diseases linked to consuming two or more glass per day of total and artificially sweetened soft drinks.

There was also a higher risk of death from digestive diseases linked to drinking one or more glass per day of total and sugar-sweetened soft drinks.

No association was found between soft drink consumption and overall cancer death.

The team says the findings support public health initiatives to limit soft drink consumption. They hope to test if soft drinks can directly cause early death in their future work.

The lead author of the study is Neil Murphy, Ph.D., of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France.

The study is published in JAMA.

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