"There have been previous studies showing strong and consistent links between consumption of sweetened beverages and weight gain, type 2 diabetes as well as other cardiometabolic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and stroke, said lead study author Vassanti Malik, researcher and lecturer at Harvard Nutrition Department Chan's Public Health School The next step, Malik explains, is to study how sweet drinks relate to the risk of premature death
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The main reason for premature death in the new study is cardiovascular disease followed by cancer, mainly colon and breast, according to the study. It was generally found that consumption of sweet drinks increases the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease by 31% and cancer by 18% when the group that drinks more than two per day is compared to those who had a lower less than one
Researchers have also studied the impact of artificially sweetened beverages, which, according to many, are a safer alternative to sweet drinks.
Replacing a sugar beverage a day with an artificial sweetener has reduced the risk of premature death, but drinking four or more artificial sweeteners increases the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease in women. The same effect is not seen in men and there is no risk of death from cancer.
Both studies indicate the relationship between artificially sweetened beverages and the risk of women's death, said Yasmin Mosavar-Rahmani, an associate professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Health of the College of Medicine, Albert Einstein, who is the author of the study last month. Exactly what is different for women, which increases the relationship between eating artificial sweetened beverages and the risk of premature death, requires more research, said Mosavar-Rahmani. As this is observation, the new study can not establish cause and effect, Malik said.