Research Updates | Cardiovascular disease
This cross sectional study is one of few to examine associations between sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) intake and cardiometabolic risk in an Asian population, in this case 873 Malaysian adolescents aged 13 years (72% female).
Mean SSB consumption was 177.5ml daily with significant ethnic differences among Malaysian (76%), Chinese (12%), Indian (10%) and others (2%). High SSB intake corresponded with higher levels of triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, insulin levels, insulin resistance and low HDL cholesterol although these did not reach statistical significance.
Multivariate analyses showed all parameters were significantly deleteriously associated with SSB when adjusted for confounders, independent of BMI, physical activity levels and dietary patterns. This study found SSB intake was unfavourably associated with cardiometabolic risk in these young Malaysian teenagers.