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Two Sodas A Day Could Cause Heart Failure

11/03/2015 01:30 EST | Updated 11/03/2015 01:59 EST

Sugary soda pop has been linked to obesity and cancer, and now scientists in Sweden say it may even cause heart failure.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal says men who consume two sweetened beverages a day are 23 per cent more likely to experience heart failure.

The study, which observed the eating habits of 42,000 men between the ages of 45 and 79 over the course of 12 years in Sweden, did not include fruit juices and sweetened coffee or tea in their definition of sweetened drinks. The questionnaire also failed to differentiate between natural sugars and artificial sweeteners in their beverages.

Heart failure is a very serious condition that occurs when the heart is not strong enough to pump blood to all areas of the body. This could lead to congestion in the lungs and other parts of the body. The Heart And Stroke Foundation estimates that 600,000 Canadians are living with heart failure.

Aside from limiting your intake of sweetened soda pop, the Mayo clinic says you can also reduce your risk of heart failure by staying physically active, eating healthy, losing weight, reducing and managing stress and by not smoking.

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