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Women who have several sugary soft drinks each day have a greater chance of developing health conditions that can lead to heart disease and diabetes, even if the drinks do not cause them to gain weight, a recent study found.
The study, which was recently presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2011, was an analysis of data from middle-aged and older women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages each day compared with women of the same ages who drank one to zero of these drinks, AARP reports.
The women who drank two or more of these carbonated, sweet drinks were almost four times more likely to develop triglycerides - fat particles in their blood that increase the risk of heart disease. In addition, they were more likely to have high blood sugar levels that indicate pre-diabetes than the other women.
Instead of these sodas, people with a sweet tooth may want to turn to fruits like grapefruits, oranges and berries. In addition to satisfying a craving for sweets, these foods are listed by the American Diabetes Association as diabetes superfoods. They contain high levels of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants that will help, not hurt, an individual's health.