Washington: More evidence has been found of the impact of sugar-sweetened drinks on heart disease, according to a study involving an Indian-origin co-author.In a new study, scientists found that men who drank a 12-ounce sugary beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who didn’t take any such drinks.“This study adds to the growing evidence that sugary beverages are detrimental to cardiovascular health,” said Frank B Hu, MD, PhD, study lead author and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.“Certainly, it provides strong justification for reducing sugary beverage consumption among patients, and more importantly, in the general population,” he added.Vasanti S Malik, Sc D, is also one of the co-authors.Researchers studied 42,883 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and found that the increase persisted even after controlling for other risk factors, including smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and family history of heart disease. Less frequent consumption - twice weekly and twice monthly - didn’t increase risk.They also measured different lipids and proteins in the blood, which are indicators, or biomarkers, for heart disease. These included the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP), harmful lipids called triglycerides and good lipids called high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
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