Remember that fertility crisis I was warning about a few months back? Well researchers have identified yet another common culprit behind this worrying trend. And if you needed one more reason to avoid soda like the plague, look no further…
A new study recently appeared in the journal Epidemiology. And it found that couples who drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverages every day have a decreased chance of getting pregnant.
Yes, that’s either partner. And yes, it only takes a single sugary drink daily to trigger reproductive problems. (This is after accounting for the usual infertility culprits — like obesity, caffeine and alcohol intake, smoking, and overall diet.)
A team of Boston University researchers assessed a web-based cohort from the Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) to establish this unsurprising connection. They surveyed nearly 4,000 women of childbearing age in U.S. and Canada — along with more than 1,000 male partners.
Data included wide-reaching surveys covering medical history, lifestyle, and dietary habits. Subjects repeated questionnaires every two months for a year, or until they got pregnant.
Ultimately, results linked consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in either partner with a 20 percent reduction in the odds of conception during any given month.
And the fertility prognosis was particularly grim in the case of energy drink consumption. Though with such small numbers to work with, the study authors declined to draw any firm conclusions on this front. (Not that anyone needs them to know that these concoctions are akin to poison.)
Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not, this finding should scare you. Because if that daily trip to the vending machine is hijacking your fertility, rest assured you can count on far bigger problems behind the scenes.
Really, what else is there to say?
Sugar kills, in more ways than one. Whether it’s Red Bull, Coke, a frappuccino, or fruit juice in your cup drink it at your own risk. And, it appears, at your future family’s risk, too.