Recent clinical research studies found that higher soft drink intake was associated with a greater risk of death from any cause regardless of whether sugar-sweetened or artificially-sweetened drinks were consumed.

 For the study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, nearly 452,000 men and women from 10 European countries participated.

The study found that drinking two or more glasses per day — compared with less than one glass per month — of soft drinks, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, and artificially-sweetened soft drinks was associated with a higher risk of death from all causes during an average follow-up of 16 years in which 41,693 deaths occurred.

According to the study, 43 percent died from cancers, 21.8 percent from circulatory diseases and 2.9 percent from digestive diseases. The findings support public health initiatives to limit soft drink consumption.

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

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