fizzy drinks linked to heart failure risk

ONE can of sugary pop, or added-sugar drink, a day can increase the risk of heart failure by 23%

A major Swedish study of 42,000 middle-aged men, has revealed a link between sugary drinks and heart failure for the first time, as well as diabetes and strokes.

Experts had previously found sweetened drinks are linked to higher blood pressure,Type 2 diabetes , heart disease and stroke. Now a major study has revealed a link between sugary drinks and heart failure risk for the first time.

Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute tracked 42,000 men, aged 45 to 79, for an average of 12 years – During this period, 3,604 new cases of heart failure were diagnosed, and 509 people died of their condition.

The research included fizzy drinks, sweetened fruit squash and other drinks with added sugar or artificial sweeteners, but did not include natural fruit juice.

After taking into account factors that may influence the results, the scientists found that two or more 200ml glasses of fizzy or sweetened drinks a day – equivalent to just over a can of sugary pop – was linked with a 23% increased risk of developing heart failure compared with drinking none at all.

A further analysis – excluding people diagnosed with heart failure in the first five years – showed the link still held true.

To see the full study, from Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholmplease click here.

To read more about this major study, click here.