Fizzy drinks increase risk of chronic lung problems
People who consume high amounts of soft drinks are at greater risk of developing chronic lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Fizzy drinks have been linked to several health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular problems, boosting symptoms in hyperactive children and caffeine addiction.
A new study of 17,000 people aged 16 and older in Australia has added chronic respiratory conditions to the long list.
Over 10 percent of the participants used to drink more than half a liter of soft drinks a day. About 13.3 percent of asthma patients and 15.6 percent of participants with COPD were among them.
The analysis of the data revealed that people who consumed that amount of fizzy drinks a day were 1.2 times more likely to have asthma and 1.7 times higher risk of COPD than non-consumers.
The risk especially for COPD was found to be significantly higher for the participants who not only used to consume soft drinks but also smoked tobacco, says the report published in the journal Respirology.
“The amount of soft drink consumption is associated with an increased chance of asthma and/or COPD,” said researchers led by Zumin Shi of Adelaide University.
“There exists a dose-response relationship, which means the more soft drink one consumes, the higher the chance of having these diseases.”
“Our study emphasizes the importance of healthy eating and drinking in the prevention of chronic diseases like asthma and COPD,” the lead author added.