Key points from article :
1 sugar-sweetened drink a day cause higher fat level in blood.
Diet of 6,370 middle-aged adults in the US observed in period ranging 4 - 23 years.
Blood testing done every 4 years to measure cholesterol and triglycerides.
"Good" HDL cholesterol drop by ~10% after 4 years with 1 sugary drink a day.
Also, levels of triglycerides rose by ~10%.
Likely to lead to health problems, including heart attacks and strokes.
Figures adjusted to account for a range of potential confounding factors.
Findings consistent with current recommendations to limit sugary drinks consumption.
Research by Tufts University, Boston University of Public Health, Duke University.
Published in Journal of the American Heart Association.