A new study has found that drinking just two cans of fizzy drink a day raises your risk of liver disease. Scientists found that people who consume two colas or lemonades a day were more likely to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) contrasted to those who didn’t drink any fizzy drinks.
Furthermore, they warned that drinking sugary drinks frequently can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Nonetheless, they found that low-sugar diet versions were comparatively less damaging.
2,634 middle aged men and women participated in a study done by a team from Tufts University. The participants had to say how many caffeinated or sugary drinks such as cola, fruit punch, lemonade or other non-carbonated fruit drinks they consumed daily.
All the men and women underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan to measure the amount of fat in the liver and a few were identified as having non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Ageing at the university unearthed a very disturbing fact. They noticed a higher prevalence of NAFLD among people who reported drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day contrasted to those who said they consumed no sugar-sweetened beverages.
According to the findings made by the study —— the link stood even after the authors accounted for age, sex, body mass index and dietary and lifestyle factors such as calorie intake, alcohol, and smoking.
In comparison, after accounting for these factors the researchers found no connection between diet cola and NAFLD.
The study was published in the Journal of Hepatology.
Study author Dr Jiantao Ma, said: ‘Our study adds to a growing body of research suggesting that sugar-sweetened beverages may be linked to NAFLD and other chronic diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
‘Few observational studies, to date, have examined the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and NAFLD.
‘Long-term prospective studies are needed to help ascertain the potential role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the development of NAFLD.’
WHAT IS NON-ALCOHOLIC LIVER DISEASE?
NAFLD is basically any accumulation of fat in the liver cells that has nothing to do with alcohol consumption. Interestingly, many with the disease don’t experience any symptoms.
Obese or overweight people are prone to suffer from NAFLD and those with NAFLD are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are a rich source of fructose, the sugar that hikes risk of NAFLD.