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Sugary Beverages Could Increase Female Cardiovascular Risks

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Drinking as little as two sweetened beverages a day can not only widen a woman’s waistline, but can increase her risk of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Researchers found that women who drank two or more sweetened drinks, such as soda or flavored water, were four times as likely to develop high cholesterol and impaired tolerance for glucose—both associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center followed more than 4,000 men and women ages 45 to 84 over a five-year span and monitored their sugar-sweetened beverage intake along with weight, waist circumference, cholesterol and diabetes markers.

The effects from the study on women were not found in men.

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