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Sugary Drinks Boost Liver Disease Risk

A Tufts University study published in the Journal of Hepatology has concluded that persons who drink sugary beverages on a daily basis run an increased risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The study, which included 2,634 mostly caucasian middle-aged adults, found that those who consumed more than one sugar-sweetened drink per day raised their NAFLD risk, as determined by CAT scans to measure liver fats, compared to persons who consume none. The increased risk was consistent even when controlling for age, sex, BMI, diet and lifestyle factors. The study, noted one researcher, “adds to a growing body of research suggesting that sugar-sweetened beverages may be linked to NAFLD and other chronic diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

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