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2015-06-28

A Daily Sugary Drink Can Lead to a Fatty Liver

I don't usually schedule posts for a Sunday, but there always a first for everything... :)

Today's study for discussion is a recently published study that showed consuming a sugar-sweetened drink on a daily basis may increase the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Data from more than 2,500 men and women has suggested that people who reported drinking more than one sugar-sweetened beverage per day saw a higher prevalence of NAFLD compared to people who said they drank no sugar-sweetened beverages.

Writing in the Journal of Hepatology, the team behind the study revealed that CT scan results measuring the amount of fat in the liver were significantly associated with consumption of included caffeinated- and caffeine-free colas and other carbonated beverages with sugar including fruit punches, lemonade or other non-carbonated fruit drinks.

"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," said the lead researcher.

The relationships between sugar-sweetened beverages and NAFLD persisted after the authors accounted for age, sex, body mass index (BMI), and dietary and lifestyle factors such as calorie intake, alcohol, and smoking.

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Source: Sugar-sweetened beverage, diet soda, and fatty liver disease in the Framingham Heart Study cohorts

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