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Sugary drinks are a major cause of heart disease
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Doctors maintain the epidemic of chronic disease such as cancer and heart problems is due to the fact we're living longer

Doctors maintain the epidemic of chronic disease such as cancer and heart problems is due to the fact we're living longer. This is not true: it's because of the way we live - and especially the food we eat. The point is emphasised again this week by a study that has discovered that drinking just one sugary drink a day increases your chances of heart disease by 20 per cent.
Just one 12-ounce drink a day is enough to increase the risk, say researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who surveyed 42,883 men aged between 40 and 75 years. But drinking sugar-sweetened drinks less regularly - such as twice a week - didn't seem to increase the risk.
Heart disease is the major cause of death in the West. According to doctors, risk factors include obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and poor diet - and now they need to add sugary drinks to the list.
(Source: Circulation, 2012; doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.067017).


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