Warning as popular drinks ‘increase your risk of heart attack and stroke’

SUGAR drinks like full fat Coke may increase risk of fatal heart attack and stroke, study has found.

Experts from the US found that drinking the popular beverage can lead to a dangerous spike in blood sugar levels.

Drinks like cola increase the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes

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Drinks like cola increase the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokesCredit: Alamy

That’s because sweet drinks contain very high levels of a sugar called fructose, which is found naturally in fruits and vegetables, as well as natural fruit juices and honey.

High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart, increasing your risk of heart disease, the experts said.

Previous studies have found that the drinks increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

But experts have now proven that the popular refreshments can contribute to heart problems.

The Harvard scientists tracked the diets of over 40,000 people to see how sugar affected their health.

They said the results indicated that fructose’s “metabolic effects” “vary by dietary source.”

The researchers found that drinking fruit juice — which also contains fructose — may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes but does not affect heart health.

However, eating fruit alone is far healthier and does not lead to an increased risk of heart problems or diabetes.

“Fructose out [sweet drinks] and juices are absorbed faster than fructose in fruit, which has higher fiber content and slower digestion,” the scientists explained.

The World Health Organization claims it’s okay to eat a small amount of sugar each day, but most adults and children in the UK eat too much.

Experts say the sugary foods we should cut back on are candy, cakes, cookies, chocolate and fizzy drinks, many of which contain fructose.

Recent studies have shown that sugar-free drinks could be just as bad, if not worse, for your health than the sugar-filled refreshments.

A new study has found that using artificial sweeteners as a teenager can lead to serious long-term memory problems later in life.

Researchers from the USA also found that the sweeteners slow down the metabolism, which could also lead to an increased risk of diabetes.

Sweeteners also tend to make the taste buds less sensitive to sugar.

This could lead people to consume more sugary drinks and foods to experience the sweet taste, concluded the study published in JCI Insight.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/7163138/heart-attack-fizzy-drink-stroke/ Warning as popular drinks ‘increase your risk of heart attack and stroke’

Emma James

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