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Visceral Fat Increases With More Frequent Drinking Of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

January 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
New U.S. research has found a correlation between frequent drinking of sugary beverages and harmful visceral fat in middle-aged adults. Visceral (or deep) fat surrounds the liver, pancreas and intestines, adversely affecting hormone function. It is thought to play a large role in insulin resistance that boosts type 2 diabetes and heart disease risk. For the study, 1,003 men and women (average age 45) who answered food questionnaires and underwent CT scans were monitored for six years. At the end, researchers found that regardless of age, gender, physical activity, body mass index and other factors, visceral fat volume increased by 658 cm³ for non-drinkers, 649 cm³ for occasional drinkers, 707 cm³ for frequent drinkers, and 852 cm³ for those who drank one beverage daily.
Jiantao Ma et al., "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption is Associated With Change of Visceral Adipose Tissue Over 6 Years of Follow-Up. ", Circulation, January 24, 2016, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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