Monday, July 23, 2007

Soft drinks linked to heart disease risks

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According to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, people who have one or more soft drinks daily, including diet soft drinks, can lead to risk factors for heart disease.

The study found those people who more likely to have metabolic syndrome, which is a collection of heart disease risk factors including high blood pressure, larger waist size and low levels of HDL, the good cholesterol.

"Having the metabolic syndrome approximately doubles your risk of developing heart disease and stroke," said Dr. Ramachandran Vasan, senior author of the Framingham Heart Study and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

Prior studies have linked sugary soft drinks to heart disease blaming the extra calories inside. But researchers say this is the first to include diet beverages, which creates a bit of a mystery since there are no calories in diet soda. Link

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