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More Bad News For Male Soda Drinkers: Daily Soda Ups Heart Disease Factors
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More Bad News for Male Soda Drinkers: Daily Soda Ups Heart Disease Factors

Researchers at the Harvard School of Medicine, using a meta study from data accumulated from over twenty years of work. With over 43,000 men with ages ranging from 40 to 75, the study looked at dietary habits and other health questions to establish their status with the basic questions repeated for each every two years. Halfway through the study the men were also given blood tests to check their cholesterol and blood sugar.

During the study, certain factors were ruled out as cause for heart disease, including smoking, lack of exercise, alcohol use and their own family history. After those factors were removed, researchers found out that the men who had had at least twelve ounces of soda every day were more likely to have heart disease than those who did not drink soda as frequently.The daily soda drinkers had elevated levels of a number of markers for heart disease including high triglyceride levels as well as high levels of C-Reactive Protein. The latter is a marker for inflammation which can indicate internal damage and is increased by a number of health problems and bad health habits. The blood tests also revealed a lower level of good high density lipids or, the good cholesterol which is typically increased by good diet and physical exercise.

The Harvard research study which is being published in the journal, Circulation, joins a number of other studies which show how dangerous daily soda can be. The American Beverage Association is calling many of the studies erroneous and have sought to find its own studies to prove that soda is not as harmful as it is being portrayed, at least in moderation. But, other studies have shown that soda does play a direct role in obesity, diabetes and a number of heart disease types including stroke and potential heart attack. Other studies have shown that soda is linked to problems like insomnia and bone loss as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Soda has also been linked to chronic, recurrent headaches in a number of studies.

The American Heart Association recommends that additional sugars in the form of sodas and other highly sugared foods be kept to a minimum, 150 calories per day for men and 100 for women. Twenty ounces of soda has around 250 calories. Nutritionists have suggested that people who cannot keep to a small soda eliminate it totally, substituting water with a lemon slice instead.


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