REPs UK PTIA REPS NZ

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Not Heart Smart for Men

by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 19, 2012

Food for Thought

If the “empty” calories in sugary beverages haven’t been enough to persuade many men to hydrate in a healthier way, perhaps knowing they have a 20% higher risk of heart disease and increased levels of harmful blood lipids because of the sugary drinks will do the trick.

Recent research led by Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and published in the March 20, 2012, issue of the journal Circulation (doi:10.1161/circulationaha.111.067017), adds to the growing evidence that sugary drinks are detrimental to cardiovascular health. Men who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage every day had a 20% higher risk of heart disease than men who didn’t consume any sugar-sweetened drinks. “Certainly, it provides strong justification for reducing sugary beverage consumption among patients, and more importantly, in the general population,” Hu said in an American Heart Association press release.

Overview. Researchers studied 42,883 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and found that the result persisted even after controlling for other risk factors, including smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and family history of heart disease. Less frequent consumption (twice weekly and twice monthly) didn’t increase risk.

Researchers also measured blood lipids and blood proteins, including the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP), triglycerides and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). These serve as biomarkers for heart disease. Compared with nondrinkers, men who consumed a sugary beverage each day had higher triglyceride and CRP levels and lower levels of HDL cholesterol. Artificially sweetened beverages were not linked to higher risk or increased biomarkers for heart disease in this study.

Health habits of the men in the study may differ from those of the general public, but findings in women were comparable in the 2009 Nurses’ Health Study, Hu said.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 9, Issue 5

© 2012 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL, the health and fitness industry's leading resource for fitness and wellness professional...

0 Comments

Trending Articles

How to Teach HIIT to Everyone

High-intensity interval training has been riding a wave of popularity, and it seems everyone wants to give it a try. However, intense interval training is nothing new. Group fitness instructors have b...

Smooth Move: Creative Additions to Consider for Smoothies

When looking for a quick breakfast or post-workout nourishment, almost nothing beats a smoothie. Whirl in the right ingredients and the blen...

20 IDEA World-Renowned Presenters Share Advice on Success and Happiness

We asked some of this year’s most influential and motivating IDEA World Fitness Convention™ presenters to share the single piece of advice they would give another fitness/health pro to hel...

Can You Isolate the Lower Abs?

Most people find it difficult to add appreciable muscle to the lower abdominal region. While the upper abs generally respond rather easily t...

Mindful Walking

Walking can be more than just moving physically from one location to another. It can be a metaphor for your larger life journey. Things you&...

Cut Risk of Alzheimer’s with MIND Diet

Conservative adherence to a new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a paper published o...

Yes, You CAN Develop Better Eating Habits

Analogous to laying out your exercise gear so it’s the first visual reminder you have of your commitment to exercise each day, imagine...

Nuts and Peanuts Reduce Cardiovascular Risk and Prolong Lifespan

While there have been numerous studies in recent years touting the health benefits of nuts and peanuts, new research published online March ...

Nutrition Coaching: Scope of Practice

Historically, many fitness pros have avoided nutrition discussions for fear of straying beyond their scope of practice or have gone overboar...

Second-Chance Recess Workout

Do you remember being a kid? Before you could even pronounce “perceived exhaustion” or “cardiovascular exercise,” yo...

Show More