People who consume at least 1 glass of sugary drink daily are at higher risk of damaging their liver, also they are prone to the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says a new research. According to the study authors, drinking sugary drinks is similar to sweet and slow poison that affects severely in long run and researchers warned people to cut down their sugary drink intake.
For the study, researchers from the Tufts University observed 2,634 self-reported dietary questionnaires. All the participants were middle-aged and were enrolled in the National Heart Lunch and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Framingham Heart Study’s Offspring and Third Generation cohorts. The questionnaire included beverages such as caffeinated- and caffeine-free colas, other carbonated beverages with sugar, fruit punches, lemonade or other non-carbonated fruit drinks. Then researchers took CT scans of all the participants to measure the amount of fat present in the liver. Study authors already knew the predefined cutpoint to identify NAFLD.
After analysing the data, researchers found that people who reported drinking more than one glass who sugary beverages were more prone to NAFLD when compared to people those who did not drink sugar-sweetened beverages. However, no link was found between soda consumption and NAFLD.
Researcher Jean Mayer said that sugary drinks were found to be linked with NAFLD and other chronic diseases like diabetes and other heat-related diseases. These drinks might prove to be deadly in long run, thus it is better to cut the intake of these slow poisons.
Senior study author Nicola McKeown, Ph.D. said that the exact cause behind interlink between sugary drink and NAFLD is still unknown and some more researches are required. “Future prospective studies are needed to account for the changes in beverage consumption over time as soda consumers may switch to diet soda and these changes may be related to weight status,” said Mckeown.
The study appeared in the journal Hepatology.