Drinks with added sugar are bad for the heart: study

The consumption of sugary drinks may be related to lipid imbalance, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, said that consuming 12 ounces of sugary drinks more than once a day was related to lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and higher triglycerides in middle-aged and older people. According to reports, this increases the risks of CVD. Previous studies had linked added sugar to the increased risk of CVD.

The research reinforces our understanding of the possible negative impact of sugary drinks on blood cholesterol, which increases the risks of heart disease, said study researcher Eduardo Sanchez of the American Heart Association in the United States. It is one more reason for us to reduce the consumption of soft drinks and other sugary drinks, Sánchez added.

According to the researchers, dyslipidemia could be a way by which sugary drinks can increase the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

To determine the impact of sugary drinks on triglyceride and cholesterol levels, the researchers studied observational medical data from 5,924 people of the descendants and generation 3 cohorts of the Framingham Heart Study, who were followed up for 12.5 years between 1991 and 2014.

For this study, beverages were defined as 12 ounces of sugary drinks, such as soda, fruit-flavored drinks, sports drinks, coffee and previously sweetened tea; 12 ounces of low-calorie sweetened beverages, naturally and artificially included.