What 2 Weeks of Soda Can Do to Your Heart

April 24, 2015 6:53 PM

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Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes -- and the more soda people drink the more likely these outcomes. The deniers keep arguing that association isn't proof that one actually causes the other, although when epidemiologic studies show a link again and again, and the mechanism of harm is plausible, it is actually pretty damning evidence. That's how we proved smoking cigarettes caused disease (there never was a controlled study asigning people to smoking and comparing them to controls). But there's nothing like controlled experiments, especially double blind placebo controlled ones, to prove cause and effect.

It would be quite difficult to feed experimental groups a certain diet and follow them for the necessary time to see heart disease, diabetes and early death manifest -- I don't think many would sign up to eat for the sake of research for the rest of their lives no matter what the compensation. But t...

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