It's no secret that sugar-laden drinks can help you pack on the pounds. We also know that cutting back on sugar can help you fight the cold and flu.
However, USA Today is reporting new study suggests that the risks posed by sugar-sweetened sodas and flavored waters -- regardless of weight gain. The findings were presented this weekend during the American Heart Association's annual meeting.
This means whether you see the extra pounds or not, you could be increasing your chances of developing diabetes or heart disease. "Whatever the form — sweet tea, soda, or coffee drinks that look like desserts — women who drank two or more sweet beverages a day were at an increased risk for heart disease, even if they did not gain weight over the five-year study," MSNBC noted.
A few points to consider:
- Middle-aged women who drank two or more sugary beverages a day were close to four times as likely to have high levels of dangerous blood fats called triglycerides and impaired blood sugar levels (known as "prediabetes'), when compared with women who drank less than one sugar-sweetened beverage a day.
- Women who drank two or more sodas a day also had more belly fat, but not necessarily more weight. Belly fat, or abdominal obesity, poses greater health risks than fat in other areas of the body because it lies deep inside and can produce hormones and other substances that negatively affect blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin production.
- The same findings were not seen among men.
The bottom line is that cutting back on sugar-sweetened beverages is an easy way to improve health, said Dr. Stacey Rosen, the associate chairman of cardiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., told USA Today.
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