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  • Aerin Satovsky

Week in Health

  • According to a new study led by Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the benefits of physical activity do not outweigh the risks of cardiovascular disease associated with drinking sugar-sweetened beverages. Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier, a professor at Université Laval's Faculty of Pharmacy, was a co-author of the study. 

  • Sugary Drinks are the largest source of added sugars in the North American diet. Their consumption is associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, the world's leading cause of death.

  • For the study, the scientists split around 100,000 adults into two cohorts and collected data for around 30 years. Those who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages more than twice a week had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, regardless of their physical activity levels. 

  • The study discovered that the recommended amount of physical activity is insufficient to counter the adverse effects of sugary beverages.

  • Drouin-Chartier explains, "Replacing sugar-sweetened beverages by diet drinks is good, because it reduces the amount of sugar. But the best drink option remains water."  

  • It is crucial to support public health recommendations to limit people's consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and encourage them to maintain sufficient physical activity levels.

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