Study: Soda (even diet soda) May Increase Mortality

From Reuters –Link: Soft drinks – sugared or low-calorie – may raise the risk of early death

Link to abstract: Association Between Soft Drinks Consumption and Mortality in 10 European Countries

Excerpt:

In a study that followed more than 400,000 European adults for more than 16 years, the risk of premature death was heightened in those who consumed 2 or more glasses per day of soft drinks, according to the report published in JAMA Internal Medicine…

The new findings don’t mean that soft drinks cause early death, because “in these types of studies (observational epidemiology) there are other factors which may be behind the association we observed,” Murphy added in an email. “For instance, high soft drink consumption may be a marker of overall unhealthy diet”…

Participants who consumed two or more glasses of soft drinks per day were 17% more likely to die early compared to those who drank less than a single serving of soft drinks per month…

Those who consumed two or more glasses of artificially sweetened soft drinks a day were 26% more likely to die prematurely compared to those who drank less than a glass per month.

My take: Whether drinking soda directly impacts one’s health or is a marker for an unhealthy lifestyle is not settled by this study.  Yet, I feel confident that preferentially drinking water is a healthy habit.

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