Sodas have been getting a bad rap in the news for a while now, and for good reason. Read on to learn how drinking sugary sodas directly harm your health.
Sugary drinks such as soda are a well-known cause of weight gain and obesity. New research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation investigated the link between these beverages and the development of premature heart attacks and death. The study followed 42,833 men’s diet, weight, smoking, and exercise patterns for an average of 22 years. The primary finding of the study was men who drank one sugar-sweetened beverage per day had a 20 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack.
Independent Risk Factor FoundLarge fluctuations in insulin levels occur when you continually consume high amounts of processed sugar. Erratic fluctuation in insulin has been linked to the increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and weight loss resistance.
Sugary-beverage consumption “appears to be an independent risk factor for heart disease,” says lead author Frank Hu, M.D., a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The consumption of sugary beverages has now been linked to several other risk factors that will contribute to heart disease as well. High triglyceride levels and low “good” HDL result from soda consumption. Both of these increase the risk of suffering a heart attack.
Dietary Habits LinkedObesity and genetics were once classified as the primary causes of heart disease, but the findings of the study suggest that it’s more related to the consumption of sugar and other dietary habits.
Sugary beverages have also been found to produce inflammation – a major cause of chronic health conditions. It produces internal visceral fat storage that strains blood circulation and overall organ function.
Additional lab tests in the study confirmed elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and leptin. C-reactive protein is the most accurate lab test that measures inflammation levels throughout the body. Leptin is a hormone that helps regulate your metabolism.
Unable to Burn FatLeptin is less well-known but is a very important lab test. This hormone tells your brain to burn fat. When you drink sugary beverages, the leptin receptors become less active. This decreased activity level will inhibit the body’s ability to burn fat. Weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease can result.
Consuming soda has also been linked to the following:
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