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Drinking soft drinks daily could affect cardiac health

New Delhi, Wed, 04 Apr 2012 NI Wire

A recent study has revealed that, children consuming different types of soft drinks on daily basis had had narrow arteries at the back of their eyes, which could possibly enhance the chances of heart disease and high blood pressure on them in their later stages of life.

The researchers could see the health of a person’s entire blood vessel system by examining the back of their eyes.

The children drinking one or more soft drinks daily develop with narrow arteries in the back of their eyes, found the researchers from Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, the University of Sydney.

The study was done by observing approx. 2,000 children of age 12-years in 21 high schools in Sydney. Moreover, the same situation was found with the children who watch too much TV when a similar research was conducted last year. Present study was the extension of the last research. The damage does not affect their vision, said a university statement.

"Children with a high consumption of soft drinks and carbohydrates had a more adverse microvascular profile compared to those who did not drink so many soft drinks or eat so many carbs," said Bamini Gopinath, senior research fellow at the Centre for Vision Research at the Millennium Institute, who led the study.

-With inputs from IANS.

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