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soda, even diet, indicator of risk

2007-07-24 19:18:20.640618+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

The headlines and summaries out there are slightly misleading, things like "One or more soft drinks a day raises risk of heart disease, diabetes -- even if it's diet, study finds.", because all the quotes in the articles have the researchers saying "it's probably correlation with other lifestyle choices". But the upshot is that if you drink soda and soft drinks, even if they're "diet", you may want to look at your lifestyle...

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-24 21:23:11.299378+00 by: ebradway

In sum:

"One of the important [unanswered] questions is, 'Is it the soda drinker or the soda?'"

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-24 21:36:37.533004+00 by: petronius

In The Lives of a Cell,, Lewis Thompson took on the old saw about "breakfast being the most important meal of the day." He claims it came from earlier finding of the Framingham Study, where people who didn't eat breakfast seemed to die earlier. He says that what really happened is that they began the Framingham study and by chance picked up some people who were already sick with cancer or some such. They were already too ill to have much appetite, and then in the fullness of time succumbed to their disease, which showed up as a correlation between breakfast and longevity. The issue isn't breakfast, but rather how you gather statistics.