Soda May Make Male Heart Failure More Likely
More bad news for male soda drinkers: According to research from the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, there may be a link between regular consumption of sweetened drinks and an increased risk of heart failure in men.
The study's participants were taken from the Cohort of Swedish Men (COSM) study between 1918 and 1952, which consisted of 48,850 men. During this time, the men answered questions about diet, physical activity and lifestyle factors. The questionnaire also asked how many soft drinks or sweetened juice drinks the men consumed a day.
The results showed that men who consumed at least two servings of sweetened beverages per day had a 23 percent higher risk of heart failure, compared with those who did not.
The results held true even after the team adjusted for other variables, such as smoking, weight, caffeine intake, processed meat intake, etc.
Heart failure affects 23 million people worldwide and it appears to be on the rise, especially in men and the elderly. Survival estimates for heart failure patients are only 50 percent at five years and 10 percent at 10 years.