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Soft drinks, soda and diet soda, may increase asthma risk, study says

soda122911_optBY BOB HOLT

It may be time for more research on wine and coffee. Results of a study on soft drinks such as Coke and Gatorade are in, and they’re not good.

A study of 16,907 people over 16 in Australia found that drinking too much soda can increase your chances of developing asthma, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder.

According to, more than 10 percent of those surveyed said they drank more than half a liter of soda per day, which amounts to just over two 8-ounce glasses. The study showed that 13.3 percent of the participants who drank that much suffered from asthma and 15.6 percent had COPD.

The adults involved in the study responded to phone interviews from March 2008 to June 2010, and had an average age of 46.7. Most of them (72 percent) said they didn't drink soda at all, while 11.4 percent said they drank more than a half a liter every day.

According to, no cause and effect relationship has ever been found between the sugary drinks and asthma or COPD, but heavy intake of soda was a good indicator of poor health, as past research had shown.

On that note, the news is no better for diet sodas. A Northern Manhattan Study, of more than 2,500 people who drank diet soda daily, found that 61 percent had an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Researchers say the study has flaws, and further work needs to be done before they can draw any conclusions. But Dr. Jana Klauer, a physician from New York City told ABC News, "The study highlights the increasingly negative information we are getting about the consumption of non-caloric sweetened beverages. Diet soda hasn't lead to weight loss and appears to be causing more problems than it solves."

Comments (2)
2 Monday, 13 February 2012 17:21
American Beverage Association
Real science is undermined when we focus on implausible associations between two things, such as soft drinks and lung disease. The fact remains that asthma and COPD are not caused by drinking soda and other sweetened beverages. In fact, the authors of this phone survey of South Australian adults themselves note that ‘causal relationships could not be established.’ Furthermore, their findings show no association between soft drink consumption and asthma or COPD among non-smokers. Importantly, the authors state that ‘caution should be exercised’ in interpreting their findings, which are not representative of the public at-large.
1 Monday, 13 February 2012 02:03
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