The study analysed the dietary habits of 2,634 study participants who were asked in a questionnaire how often they drank sugar-sweetened beverages.
A new study has shown that people who drink just one or more sugary beverage (like soft drinks and juice) a day are at an increased risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
The study, published in the Journal of Hepatology, analysed the dietary habits of 2,634 study participants who were asked in a questionnaire how often they drank sugar-sweetened beverages.
Subsequently, researchers discovered a higher presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in those who said they drank more than one sugary beverage a day compared to those who said they didn’t drink sugary beverages.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease often occurs in people who are overweight or have diabetes, and can also be triggered by rapid weight loss and poor eating habits.
This is according to the American Liver Foundation.
According to Yahoo Health, while the disease is often asymptomatic (that is having no symptoms of illness or disease), it can cause fatigue, weakness, weight loss, a loss of appetite, jaundice, and abdominal pain, among other symptoms.
Hepatologist, Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri who is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says it’s particularly bad because it affects multiple parts of the body.
Fortunately however, it’s possible to recover from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as Bhamidimarri says the liver is one of the organs in the body that has the highest capacity to regenerate.
Either way, high consumption of sugary drinks like fruit punches, lemonade, and other non-carbonated fruit drinks still pose dangers to the health as there are links between them and tooth decay, heart disease, kidney stones, and more.