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Sugary drinks increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance and inflammation, and cardiovascular disease.
Now new research has found that women who consume more sugary beverages are at risk of 83% higher ischemic stroke than those who drink less soda.
The consumption of soft drinks was associated with a increased risk of stroke total, and more specifically with ischemic stroke. This was observed especially in the women with a higher consumption of soft drinks (those who drank soft drinks almost every day) compared to those who had a lower consumption (they never or almost never).
The study included 39,786 subjects, ages 40 to 59. During the 18 years of follow-up, 453 people developed ischemic heart disease and 1,922 people had a stroke (1,047 of which were ischemic and 859 hemorrhagic).
No association found between drinking soda and risk of ischemic heart disease or stroke in men.
Eshak ES, Iso H, Kokubo Y, Saito I, Yamagishi K, Inoue M and Tsugane I. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2012). More information.