Diet Sodas Implicated in Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Researchers have known for some time that drinking soft drinks, such as sodas, is linked to obesity in children and adolescents. It is equally well recognized that people who drink soda on a regular basis have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that are key precursors of CHD. Many health-conscious consumers have switched over to diet soda to decrease these risks.
Now a new study has found that drinking as little as one can of soda—diet or regular—per day can increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by as much as 48%!
As part of the ongoing Framingham Heart Study, researchers observed the relationship between soft-drink consumption and the incidence of metabolic syndrome in more than 6,000 middle-aged adults (mean age 52.9 years). After a 4-year observation period, study participants who consumed more than one soft drink per day had an increased risk of developing increased weight circumference, impaired fasting glucose levels, higher blood pressure readings and higher LDL cholesterol levels, all of which are known risk factors for developing metabolic syndrome.
Reporting in the July 23 issue of the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, the researchers concluded that “in middle-aged adults, soft-drink consumption is associated with a higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors.”
For the latest research, statistics, sample classes, and more, "Like" IDEA on Facebook here.
© 2007 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.
IDEA Newsletter Sign-up
|Extreme Interval Training
In this course you'll learn goal-focused intervals and over 50 dynamic exercises and drills to create extensive and intensive training formats.
|Cut to the Core
This is a raw, unedited video filmed live at the 2009 IDEA World Fitness Convention™. Cut to the Core is packed full of core-focused exercises that aim to improve the way you look, feel and live.
|September 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Plyometric Training
This continuing education quiz is an in-depth look at plyometric training. Plyometric exercises—jumping, bounding, hopping, arm pushing, and catching and throwing weighted objects such as machine balls—are movements that involve rapid eccentric and concentric muscle actions.