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Consuming one soft drink per day increases risk of obesity 31%, metabolic syndrome 44%
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In a 4 year follow-up, consumption of one or more soft drink per day was associated with a
- 44 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome
- 32 percent increased risk of low HDL levels
- 31 percent increased risk of obesity
- 30 percent increased risk of a large waist circumference (35 inches or more in women, and 40 inches or more in men)
- 25 percent increased risk of impaired fasting glucose
- 25 percent increased risk of elevated triglycerides
- 18 percent increased risk of higher blood pressure
Metabolic Syndrome Defined
“Metabolic syndrome was defined as the presence of 3 or more of the following:
- waist circumference 35 inches or more for women or 40 inches or more for men
- fasting blood glucose > or = 100 mg/dL
- serum triglycerides > or = 150 mg/dL
- blood pressure > or = 135/85 mm Hg
- high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL for men or less than 50 mg/dL for women
Subjects: 6039 people, average age 52.9-years-old
The study analyzed data from 6039 people (3470 women, 2569 men) with an average age of 52.9 years.
Conclusion: Soft drink consumption increases the risk of metabolic syndrome
“In middle-aged adults, soft drink consumption is associated with a higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors,” the authors of the study concluded.
Dhingra R, Sullivan L, Jacques P, Wang T, Fox CS, Meigs J, D’agostino R, Gaziano J, Vasan R. Soft drink consumption and risk of developing cardiometabolic risk factors and the metabolic syndrome in middle-aged adults in the community. Circulation. 2007 Jul 31, 116(5):480-88.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Framingham Heart Study
73 Mount Wayte Ave, Suite 2
Framingham, MA 01702-5803, USA
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