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Sugary drinks increase mortality risk in older adults, report finds

June 25, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new report finds that the consumption of sugary beverages is associated with increased risk of death from any cause in older adults.

The American Medical Association, who released the report, says this includes sugar sweetened sodas, soft drinks, fruit drinks and 100% fruit juices.

The study looked at over 13,000 patients and focused on cardiovascular health and overall mortality risk.

Recently, there has been a great deal of awareness of the potential dangers associated with high concentrations of these beverages, and many people are asking a very important question.

Should I eliminate all of these products from my diet?

At this point, based on the studies that we have, I think the message is to limit these products and substitute when we can.

The more I practice medicine, and the more I repeat studies like this, I realize that what we really need in most cases is moderation.

Moderation rarely gets us into trouble.