While people with diabetes know to avoid sugary beverages, can one can of soda a day be harmful? An article from heartwire reported in medscape says yes! While we know these beverages may lead to weight gain and an increase incidence of diabetes type 2, Dr. Hu reports that moderate consumption (one can of soda per day) may increase the risk of coronary artery disease by 20%. In a study which followed men from 1986 to 2008, they noted that those who drank the most sugary beverages (top quarter) had a 20% higher risk of Coronary Artery Disease than those in the lowest quarter. This association was found to be independent of other risk factors including age, smoking history, family history, exercise, weight at the start and end of the study, dieting, and alcohol consumption. Adjusting for cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure only slightly affected the relationship. This means consumption of soda may be another risk factor for coronary artery disease. This association did not hold true for diet beverages.
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