Knee osteoarthritis in men linked to soft drink consumption

Among a cohort of >2000 US men and women with knee osteoarthritis, researchers observed a dose-response relationship between intake of sugar-sweetened carbonated drinks and worsening disease on radiographic assessment among men, but not women.

Compared with never consuming soft drinks, men who self-reported having about one such drink per week had a 56% increased risk of osteoarthritis progression and for those having five or more per week the risk was nearly doubled.

The researchers controlled for a range of factors including obesity.