Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Soft drinks are a health risk

Research has found that soft drinks is health risk- just one soft drink a day — whether diet or regular — may boost your risk of getting heart disease, the study shows.

That is because a soda habit increases the risk of developing a condition called metabolic syndrome, according to the new research, and that in turn boosts the chance of getting both heart disease and diabetes.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that includes excessive abdominal fat, high blood-glucose levels, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholesterol.

People with three or more of these symptoms have double the normal risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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