Abstract Title:

Soft drink consumption and risk of developing cardiometabolic risk factors and the metabolic syndrome in middle-aged adults in the community.

Abstract Source:

Circulation. 2007 Jul 31;116(5):480-8. Epub 2007 Jul 23. PMID: 17646581

Abstract Author(s):

Ravi Dhingra, Lisa Sullivan, Paul F Jacques, Thomas J Wang, Caroline S Fox, James B Meigs, Ralph B D'Agostino, J Michael Gaziano, Ramachandran S Vasan

Article Affiliation:

Framingham Heart Study, 73 Mount Wayte Ave, Suite 2, Framingham, MA 01702-5803, USA.


BACKGROUND: Consumption of soft drinks has been linked to obesity in children and adolescents, but it is unclear whether it increases metabolic risk in middle-aged individuals. METHODS AND RESULTS: We related the incidence of metabolic syndrome and its components to soft drink consumption in participants in the Framingham Heart Study (6039 person-observations, 3470 in women; mean age 52.9 years) who were free of baseline metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome was defined as the presence of>or = 3 of the following: waist circumference>or = 35 inches (women) or>or = 40 inches (men); fasting blood glucose>or = 100 mg/dL; serum triglycerides>or = 150 mg/dL; blood pressure>or = 135/85 mm Hg; and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol<40 mg/dL (men) or<50 mg/dL (women). Multivariable models included adjustments for age, sex, physical activity, smoking, dietary intake of saturated fat, trans fat, fiber, magnesium, total calories, and glycemic index. Cross-sectionally, individuals consuming>or = 1 soft drink per day had a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome (odds ratio [OR], 1.48; 95% CI, 1.30 to 1.69) than those consuming<1 drink per day. On follow-up (mean of 4 years), new-onset metabolic syndrome developed in 717 of 4033 participants (17.8%) consuming<1 drink/day and in 433 of 2006 persons (21.6%) [corrected] consuming>or = 1 soft drink/day [corrected] Consumption of>or = 1 soft drink per day was associated with increased odds of developing metabolic syndrome (OR, 1.44; 95% CI, 1.20 to 1.74), obesity (OR, 1.31; 95% CI, 1.02 to 1.68), increased waist circumference (OR, 1.30; 95% CI, 1.09 to 1.56), impaired fasting glucose (OR, 1.25; 95% CI, 1.05 to 1.48), higher blood pressure (OR, 1.18; 95% CI, 0.96 to 1.44), hypertriglyceridemia (OR, 1.25; 95% CI, 1.04 to 1.51), and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (OR, 1.32; 95% CI 1.06 to 1.64). CONCLUSIONS: In middle-aged adults, soft drink consumption is associated with a higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors.

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