One can of soft drink a day 'increases risk of heart disease'
A CAN of sugary soft drink a day increases a man's heart disease risk by 20pc, say researchers.
Levels of blood biomarkers linked to heart disease were also raised by regular consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, a study found.
Scientists analysed data on almost 43,000 men taking part in the Hewalth Professionals Follow-Up Study, a major health and lifestyle investigation in the US.
They found the association with sugary drinks after controlling for other risk factors, including smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and family history.
Men who drank a 12-ounce can a day had a 20pc higher risk of heart disease than men who consumed no sugary drinks. The scientists also measured fats and proteins in the blood, which are indicators for heart disease.
However, the findings, published in the journal 'Circulation', were rejected by the British Soft Drinks Association.
A spokesman said: "Drinking sweetened beverages does not cause an increased risk of heart disease. The authors found an association between consuming sweetened beverages and cardiovascular risk, but this could have been the result of other lifestyle changes over the 22-year study period involving men 40 to 75 years of age."