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Condensed from an article by Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Researchers followed the food habits of 42,000 Swedish men over 12 years and found that men who drank at least two sweetened beverages a day had a 23% higher risk of going into heart failure.

“People who regularly consume sweetened beverages should consider limiting their consumption to reduce their risk of heart failure,” said Dr. Susanna Larsson co-author of the Stockholm Karolinska Institute study

The risk for heart failure is mostly associated with coronary artery disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or a prior heart attack that damaged heart tissue. But heart defects present at birth, such as abnormal heart valves, can make the disease occur at any age. READ MORE

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