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In a recent study, a European research team has found that the negative effect of soft drinks goes beyond oral health. (Photograph: Nuttadol Kanperm/Shutterstock)

Results from research into soft drinks cause for concern

von Dental Tribune International
September 24, 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland: The negative impact of sugar-laden drinks on oral health is something dentists have known about for many years. However, that these drinks may also be a factor that leads to death is something new. In a large European-wide study, researchers have found that those who had a high consumption rate of soft drinks had a higher all-cause mortality rate than those who drank less than one glass per month.

The study was led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization and promotes collaboration on research into the causes of human cancer and the mechanisms of carcinogenesis. In this study, the goal was to better understand the association between total, sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drink consumption and subsequent total and cause-specific mortality.

The study used data on more than 450,000 people from ten countries in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort, who were followed for an average of more than 16 years. The researchers compared the mortality rates between participants who drank less than one glass of sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft drink per month and those who drank two or more glasses per day.

According to the results, participants who drank two or more glasses per day had a higher all-cause mortality rate. Additionally, the study noted that consumption of soft drinks was associated with death from circulatory and digestive diseases. The researchers noted that the results are supportive of public health campaigns aimed at limiting the consumption of soft drinks.

The study, titled “Association between soft drink consumption and mortality in 10 European countries”, was published online on 3 September 2019 in JAMA Internal Medicine, ahead of inclusion in an issue.

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