Soft drink consumption and mortality risk


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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A new study has identified a higher risk of all-cause mortality with greater consumption of total, sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drinks in a large European cohort. 

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined the association between soft drink consumption and subsequent total and cause-specific mortality among 451,743 participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. Participants were recruited from 10 European countries between 1992 and 2000. 

After a mean follow-up of 16.4 years, there were 41,693 deaths. The study identified higher all-cause mortality among participants who consumed two or more glasses per day vs consumers of

Positive associations were also observed between artificially sweetened soft drinks and deaths from circulatory diseases and between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and deaths from digestive diseases.  

The authors said the findings of the study are supportive of ongoing public health campaigns aimed at reducing the consumption of soft drinks.