From Private MD News:
Individuals who drink excessive amounts of soda may be more likely to receive unhealthy liver panel tests, as a new study has shown that this can cause fat to build up in the liver and in the muscles surrounding internal organs, which are considered risk factors for disease.
Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark tested the effects of drinking four different types of beverages over a six-month period. The study examined regular cola, aspartame-sweetened soda, milk and water.
The results showed that those who drank full-calorie soda had significantly more fat in their livers by the end of the study period. The researchers said that this is considered a major risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.
Excessive fat in the liver also increases the odds that an individual will develop liver disease. High levels of fat in the organ can cause scarring of the tissue, which diminishes its function. Therefore, individuals who drink soda on a regular basis may benefit from liver panel testing to make sure the organ is still functioning properly.
And just how do the researchers know that it was the soda that caused the fatter livers in these 47 already-overweight study subjects? They’re not telling. Correlation (if that’s even true) is not causation.