2 cans of sugar or diet soda a day increase heart risk by 23%

Nick McDermott reports for The Sun (UK), Nov. 2, 2015, that a new research by scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that men who have two daily servings of sweetened soft drinks were 23% more likely to suffer heart failure. The findings cover both drinks made with sugar and those containing sweeteners, such as Diet Coke or Pepsi Max.
The scientists tracked the health of 42,400 males over 12 years — but warned the findings may also apply equally to women.
The British Heart Foundation reminded people to “be aware” of how much sugar they consumed in drinks. Researcher Dr. Susanna Larsson said people should consider reducing consumption of sweetened drinks to lower the risk of heart failure. Soft drinks have previously also been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
British Soft Drinks Association chief Gavin Partington insisted that the research was “limited” and that other factors such as lack of exercise were key risks.
Dr. Carol Cooper warns that drinks with artificial sweeteners could be harmful as they encourage sweet-snacking. But it is not clear if the harmful effects are down to the drinks themselves or the lifestyle that goes with them.
Victoria Lane
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports on Nov. 4, 2015, that an inquest into the death of Victoria Lane, a 38-year-old British woman who drank 8 litres of sugarless Pepsi Max a day, determined that she had died from “excessive consumption” of caffeine from Pepsi Max, which reacted with prescription drugs she was taking.
Lane would drink up to four two-litre bottles of the fizzy drink every day in an effort to help her combat a dry mouth from taking prescription drugs. Lane had struggled with depression and paranoia for many years and turned to alcohol to cope – at times downing a litre of vodka a day, using the pepsi as a mixer.
Hugh Hefner reportedly chain-drinks diet Pepsi, up to 30 cans a day. How come he’s still alive at age 89?
Did you know that the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid? With a pH of 2.8, Coke can dissolve a nail in about four days.Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis. Studies have shown that regular soft drink users have not just a lower intake of calcium, but also magnesium, ascorbic acid, riboflavin, and vitamin A.
For more on the health effects of drinking Coke, see my post “Water or Coke — You Choose“.

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What a shocker! And yet, not really a surprise.
Thank you for posting this article, Dr. Eowyn.

Steven Broiles

I basically gave soda up. I do drink a little of it. If I eat fast food while driving the cab, I will order a small soda and drink maybe a third of it. This is about three times a month. In all likelihood, Coke is the only soda available (other than orange), but I don’t care for it as its flavor varies. It’s not consistent. I do like an occasional root beer, and if you really “need” a soda, I suggest the 8-oz. can of Seagram’s Ginger Ale—it’s not too sweet. My downfall is candy: I eat about two… Read more »


I used to be a big user of Splenda and became sicker and sicker. After reading up on it, I found it to be highly toxic to my system, as well as promoting IBS, which almost kept me housebound.
Even though they claim it is made from sugar, it is the way it is processed that is the problem. You end up storing toxins in your brain that affects us negatively.
I stopped completely and did a cleansing and things started improving. Haven’t touched it since.

Cara @ Business Watch Group

I don’t know how some people manage to consume so much sugar. I make all my meals from scratch and don’t have sugar in my tea, mainly drinking water, green tea and the occasional black coffee. I just find it so strange that there’s some people who completely rely on it to keep their energy up.


Everything in moderation. Eight liters of anything per day ain’t moderation – and that includes water.


Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this interesting post. I know that drinking water is so much better for you.