August 13/St. Kitts/Circulation -- Sugary drinks such as soda have become a well-known cause of weight gain and obesity.  New research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation investigated the link of these beverages and the development of premature heart attacks and death.
 
The study followed 42,833 men’s diet, weight, smoking and exercise patterns for an average of 22 years.  The primary finding of the study was men who drank one sugar-sweetened beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of suffering a heart attack.