Sugary drinks linked to increased heart attack risk

The CBS Evening News reported that research published in Circulation suggests that “men who drink soda or other sugary beverages greatly increase their risk of heart attack.”

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports that investigators “followed nearly 43,000 men for an average of 22 years” as “part of an ongoing study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that includes only male health professionals, almost all of whom are white.”

MedPage Today reports that participants “who consumed the most sugary drinks – a median of 6.5 per week – were 20% more likely to have a myocardial infarction (MI) during follow-up than those who never drank them (RR 1.20, 95% CI 1.09 to 1.33).”

HealthDay reports that the researchers “also found that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to inflammation and higher levels of harmful fats in the blood.”

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