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The 20-second fix for heart disease?

Talk about a miracle cure for one of our country’s leading killers!

Imagine being able to slash your risk of a heart attack by one third or more in just 20 seconds flat.

The best part? This 20-second heart fix isn’t going to cost you a cent. In fact, it’s going to save you money.

Are you ready for it?

Head over to your kitchen, round up every bottle and can of soda you can find, and toss them in the trash.

That’s it. The 20 seconds it takes to get the soda out of your house may be enough to keep you from ever suffering a deadly heart attack.

It sounds crazy — and way too simple — but more and more research is proving a rock-solid link between sweetened drinks like soda and heart attacks.

In a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers found that drinking just one or two sugary beverages a day increases your risk of fatal heart disease by more than a third.

And trust me — there are millions of Americans drinking a lot more than two sodas a day.

For the study, researchers reviewed the medical records of 129,000 Americans from 1980-2010. None of them had diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the start of the study — but it sure didn’t stay that way.

By the end of the study, the poor folks drinking at least two sodas or other sweetened drinks a day were:

  • 35 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or fatal heart disease;
  • 16 percent more likely to have a stroke; and
  • 26 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

That must be where Pepsi got its “Out of the Blue” slogan from. Apparently that’s how suddenly its products could kill you.

The killer culprit in these products is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You’ll find that sweetener in lots of foods and beverages, but soda is by far the HFCS product Americans consume the most.

Unlike glucose, which is converted into energy, fructose is metabolized in the liver and turned into fat that goes straight to the belly.

Too much fructose increases blood pressure, which causes your heart to get bigger to pump more blood throughout your body.

And it’s a slippery slope from there.

And, unfortunately, diet soda isn’t a lot healthier for you. Believe it or not, the artificial sweeteners still cause your body to release insulin, and diet sodas have also been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

If you have a daily soda habit, it’s time to get off this train to Heart Attack City while you still can.

Switch to healthier pick-me-ups like coffee or even herbal tea. You’ll get the caffeine boost you’re seeking — without having to pay for it down the road.

Sources:

Sweetened drinks may damage hearts, review finds

(nlm.nih.gov)

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