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Reduced chance of pregnancy due to sugary drinks
A new study has shown that regular consumption of sodas and cola is associated with a reduced likelihood of pregnancy. Both female and male fertility are therefore reduced by sugary drinks.
Unhealthy soft drinks
"Sugar-sweetened drinks should generally only be drunk in small quantities because they contain many calories and can contribute to the development of overweight," writes the German Society for Nutrition (DGE) on its website. In addition, the frequent consumption of sodas and cola can lead to health problems such as tooth decay, high blood pressure and diabetes. And soft drinks also reduce the likelihood of pregnancy, as US researchers have now found.
Sugar-sweetened drinks reduce the chance of pregnancy
Numerous scientific studies have already shown that the consumption of sugary soft drinks can harm health and promote weight gain and type 2 diabetes, among other things, and lead to premature menstruation.
The number of sperm is also reduced by cola and sodas, Polish scientists reported in the journal "Central European Journal of Urology" (CEJU).
And now a study conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health has found that consuming one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day is associated with a reduced likelihood of pregnancy.
3,828 women from the United States and Canada aged between 21 and 45 and 1,045 of their male partners took part in the study. The results were recently published in the epidemiology journal.
Significantly reduced fertility
As the lead author Elizabeth Hatch, a professor at Boston University, said in a statement, the study showed a link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility.
"Couples who are planning to become pregnant could limit their consumption of these beverages, particularly because they are also associated with other harmful effects," said the expert.
Accordingly, both female and male fertility was reduced by consuming sugary soft drinks.
For example, the probability of pregnancy decreased by 25 percent in women who consumed one sugary drink a day. Male fertility decreased by about 33 percent.
The consumption of energy drinks had an even more drastic impact on fertility. However, this result was based on a lower number of consumers, restrict the scientists.
A connection was also found between the intake of fruit juices or diet soft drinks and fertility - but only a slight one.
"Given the high levels of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed by couples of reproductive age in North America, these results could have important public health implications," the authors concluded. (ad)