United States: According to latest relevation of a latest study, a large scale studi conducetd by prominent scientists found continuous intake sugary or artificially sweetened beverages has direct link to causing irregular heart rhythms.

About the latest study

An analysis of UK Biobank health data discovered about 20 percent of elevated risk of irregular heart rhythm or atrial fibrillation among people who consumed above 67 ounces of artificially sweetened drinks per week.

The risk was 10 percent in those people who said they had a similar quantity of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Moreover, drinking about one liter or 34 ounces or more of pure juice per week, like 100 percent orange or vegetable juice, is linked with an 8 percent lesser risk of atrial fibrillation.

However, the study findings could not confirm the link of irregular heart rhythms with sweetened drinks.

Moreover, persons who overconsumption of sugar- or artificially- sweetened drinks of more than two liters or 67 ounces in a week were said to be vulnerable to an irregular heartbeat – also known as atrial fibrillation (AFib)- compared to people who had a lower dose of those drinks.

On March 5, the detailed research was published in Circulation: Of course, views and opinions expressed were those of arrhythmia and electrophysiology, published by the American Heart Association.

Associated health risks linked to Consuming sweetened drinks

Visual Representation of Sweetened Drinks. Credit | Getty images

It has been found by studies that indulging in sweeter drinks causes Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

According to a large study conducted on health data in the UK, Biobank health data is one of the first studies in that direction to evaluate that sugar-/artificially sweetened beverages could be a potential cause of AFib.

One of the most common abnormal heart rhythms is known as atrial fibrillation, which consists of the heart skipping beats regularly at a given fixed rate. This abnormal rate of beating increases the risk of stroke by five times what it would otherwise be, as scitechdaily.com reported.

Moreover, according to the American Heart Association statement, about 12 million people will have AFib by the year 2030.

Pure fruit drinks benefits

Visual Representation of Fresh Fruit Juice Benefits. Credit | Shutterstock

The study also revealed that having one liter or 34 ounces per week of unsweetened juice, such as orange or vegetable juice was linked to lower chances of risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Nonetheless, a strong link attributed to AFib from sweetened drinks consumption has not been established yet. The studies also accounted for a person’s genetic susceptibility to the condition.

Ningjian Wang, M.D., Ph.D., who is the lead study author and a researcher at the Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China, said, “Our study’s findings cannot definitively conclude that one beverage poses more health risk than another due to the complexity of our diets and because some people may drink more than one type of beverage,” as scitechdaily.com reported.

Further added, “However, based on these findings, we recommend that people reduce or even avoid artificially sweetened and sugar-sweetened beverages whenever possible. Do not take it for granted that drinking low-sugar and low-calorie artificially sweetened beverages is healthy; it may pose potential health risks,” said Wang.


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