Daily Consumption of Sugary Drinks Could Lead to Fatty Liver Disease

Published By : 08 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Drinking sugary drinks as a daily habit can have an adverse effect on the liver, claims a new study, stating that it could lead to non alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD. 

Researchers at Tufts University examined 2,634 self reported dietary questionnaires from middle aged women and men of Caucasian race who enrolled themselves in the National Heart Lunch and Blood Institute Framingham Heart Study’s Offspring and Third Generation cohorts.

Beverages sweetened with sugar that were included in the questionnaires consisted of caffeine free and caffeinated colas, non carbonated fruit drinks, other carbonated drinks with sugar, lemonade, fruit punches, and others. The participants were made to undergo a computed tomography (CT) scan to calculate the amount of fat present in the liver. The authors of the study used a cut point that was previously defined in order to pin point the presence of non alcoholic fatty liver disease. The researchers found that people who reported the consumption of more than one beverage sweetened by sugar per day showed a higher prevalence of NAFLD compared to those who reported to consume no sugar sweetened drink.

The results of the study showed that there was a 55 per cent risk of developing fatty liver disease in those people who consumed sugar sweetened drinks on a daily basis compared to those who did not.

Jiantao Ma, PhD, the first author, said that the study, which is published in the Journal of Hepatology, contributed to an expanding body of research which indicated that beverages sweetened by sugar may be connected to non alcoholic fatty liver disease and other major diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular ailments. 
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