Sweetened beverages are associated with a risk of kidney disease

A study conducted in the United States indicates that people who drink high-sugar beverages are much more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who do not.

3003 African-American men and women of average age 54 years who have no kidney problems were studied. The study lasted between 8 and 10 years and according to the results, 185 people or 6% of them developed chronic kidney disease after a long consumption of sweetened beverages .

According to the results with the highest risk of kidney disease is the consumption of sweetened fruit juices , as well as soda ash, which was a great surprise for the research team. On the other hand, the researchers did not know what brands of drinks people consumed.

Researchers also take into account factors that can contribute to kidney damage, namely smoking , obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, immobilization. Considering these, they found that drinking mainly carbonated beverages such as carbonated soda or sweetened fruit drinks is associated with a 61% higher risk of kidney disease. 

Leading author Casey Rebholz at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore argues that sugar-sweetened beverages have adverse health effects and also recommends avoiding their consumption. According to her, such beverages should be limited because, besides kidney problems, they increase the risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity , hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Holly Cramer of Los Angeles University in Chicago claims that high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with an increased risk of developing gout and type 2 diabetes. According to her, high intake of sugar can lead to weight gain , insulin resistance and elevated blood pressure. Dr. Kramer emphasizes that this severely damages the kidneys, since the intake of sweetened beverages may disrupt their function over time.