Sugar-sweetened beverages, not so sweet for your heart! says Amélie Keller from the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Frederiksberg Hospital, RegionH, Denmark. The association between sugar-sweetened beverages consumption and obesity and diabetes has largely been reported in the article from Public Health Nutrition.

It now seems that an excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages also affects the cardiovascular system. Indeed, sugar-sweetened beverages may potentially increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through their high amount of rapidly absorbable carbohydrates that may trigger hypertension, accumulation of visceral and ectopic fat, increased triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and low HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol). The increased glycaemic load caused by a high Sugar-sweetened beverages intake may also lead to inflammation, β-cell dysfunction and insulin resistance.

A team of researchers from the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Denmark led by Professor Berit Heitmann have systematically reviewed the current literature regarding the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and cardiovascular risk factors and events. They found that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was related to adverse development in vascular risk factors such as elevated triglycerides, blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and blood sugar, whereas associations with stroke and coronary heart disease were less consistent. The authors also highlighted the need for more research in the field in order to draw firm conclusion.

Please read the full article here until 17th November.

Contact: Amelie C Keller, PhD Student Email: amelie.cleo.keller@regionh.dk

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