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Sweet drinks linked to heart failure

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

Soft drinks have been linked to heart failure
Soft drinks have been linked to heart failure

The numbers of people suffering heart failure are on the rise and it is now estimated to affect around 100,000 in Ireland. It happens due to many other conditions like heart attack or long-standing high blood pressure.

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New research now suggests a link between heightened heart failure risk and sweetened drink consumption. Researchers tracked the health of 42,400 men between 1998 and 2010, the British Medical Journal reported.

All the men, who were aged between 45 and 79 when they entered the study, had been born between 1918 and 1952. They were asked to record their average consumption of 96 food and drink items over the preceding year in a food frequency questionnaire, to include daily and weekly standard servings (200 ml or one glass) of sweetened drinks.

No distinction was made between drinks sweetened with sugar, fructose/glucose, or artificial sweetener; neither tea/coffee nor fruit juice were included in the study.

During the monitoring period, which averaged 12 years, 3,604 new cases of heart failure were diagnosed, and 509 people died of their condition.

After taking account of other potentially influential factors, the data analysis indicated that consumption of at least two daily servings of sweetened drinks was associated with a 23pc heightened risk of developing heart failure compared with no consumption.

Avoidance or occasional consumption is advised.

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