One Soft Drink a Day Raises Risk for Metabolic Syndrome
Middle-aged people who drink just one soft drink a day have a substantially increased risk for metabolic syndrome, a Circulation study finds.
The results, from the offspring cohort of the Framingham Heart Study, were released early online. The study found that adults drinking one or more soft drinks a day had a 48% higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome than those who drank them infrequently. The incidence of the metabolic syndrome was similarly increased among the cohort over 4 years of follow-up.
The study found that both regular and diet soda appear to carry similar metabolic hazards. The authors suggested several possible explanations for the association, including the idea that consuming sweet drinks increases preferences for other sweetened items. They say that lowering the consumption of soft drinks “may be associated with a lowering of the burden of metabolic risk factors in adults.”