Association or Causation of Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Coronary Heart Disease: Recalling Sir Austin Bradford Hill
Association or Causation? In this issue of Circulation, de Koning and colleagues evaluate the association between sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, incident coronary heart disease (CHD), and biomarkers associated with cardiovascular risk using data from the Health Professionals' Follow-up Study.1 This analysis is similar to this research group's previous evaluation using data from the Nurses' Health Study, with similar longitudinal follow-up of >20 years.2 The results mirror those previously reported (RR=1.19 [95% CI: 1.11, 1.28] for incident CHD associated with one serving per day higher SSB consumption in the Health Professionals' Study and add to the growing body of information that suggests an independent association between SSBs and worse cardiovascular health. (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received February 28, 2012.
- Accepted March 6, 2012.
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