1 November 2013, WebMed, Kathleen Doheny -- "Women who drink one or more sugar-sweetened sodas a day might raise their risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study that links RA risk to the sugary habit. The study does not prove cause and effect.
Other studies have linked sugary drinks to higher risks of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, among other health problems.
The new study is believed to be the first to look at sugary beverages and RA. It did not include diet sodas.
About 1.3 million Americans have RA, a chronic and potentially disabling disease that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, and limits how well they work.
''We found an association only for sugar-sweetened beverages," says Yang Hu, a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health who conducted the study. Hu presented the findings this week at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting. ...
The National Institutes of Health funded the study. These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary, as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal. ..."