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Good cholesterol level drops, triglycerides rise with sugary drink consumption

Sugary drinks generally bad for health, water still the best drink


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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.

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American Heart Association

Non-profit US organization that funds cardiovascular medical research


an Economist Intelligence Unit business healthcare

Boston University School of Public Health

Public health graduate school, Boston University

Duke University School of Medicine

Top Medical School, Duke University

Framingham Heart Study (FHS)

Cardiovascular cohort study

Tufts University

Public Research university.

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