We’ve all heard the warnings about consuming too many sugary and sweetened sodas. Now, it’s really time to listen. A new study that has come out suggests that soda intake can lead to heart failure.
Researchers studied 42,000 men in Sweden over a period of 12 years. The men in the study ranged from ages 45 to 79. They found that men who consumed at least two sugary or artificially sweetened drinks per day had a 23% higher risk of heart failure.
The participants in the study were asked about their consumption of soft drinks per day or per week. The researchers defined sweetened drinks as “soft drinks/soda,” which can either be sweetened with sugar or be artificially sweetened.
Previous research has shown that there is a connection between heart disease and strokes in the relation to the consumption of sweetened beverages. This is the first study to look at the correlation between sweetened beverages and heart failure. More research is needed in this area, as the study participants were limited to one gender, one age group, and one ethnic group.
Researcher and co-author Dr. Susanna Larsson reminds us that “the takeaway message is that people who regularly consume sweetened beverages should consider limiting their consumption to reduce their risk of heart failure.”
Statistics reveal that approximately 6 million people in the U.S. live with heart failure. Dr. Roberto Bolli, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, highlights that “it’s a very miserable life.” He says that “patients with heart failure are severely limited in their ability to perform daily tasks.”
Living with heart failure can mean that even the simplist of tasks can be challenging, leading one to be out of breath for “small efforts like walking one block, or sometimes even walking inside their house”.
According to the Heart Failure Society of America, “less than 50% of patients are living five years after their initial diagnosis and less than 25% are alive at 10 years.”