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Soda and Sugar Drinks are horrible for you!

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A soda a day, that’s not so bad right? Well I thought the same thing before I did some research for you guys. I think you guys owe me a thank you, but for now just read it, remember the information, and pass it on! This is a warning for people to cut back significantly on sugar drinks.

 ‘’The journal Diabetes Care found that people with a daily habit of just one or two sugar sweetened beverages from sodas and energy drinks to sweetened teas and vitamin water were more than 25 percent likelier to develop type 2 diabetes than were people who had no more than one sugary drink per month. Since the overall rate of diabetes is roughly 1 in 10, an increase of 25 percent raises the risk to about 1 in 8’’.

"Previous studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages are strongly associated with weight gain," says lead author Vasanti Malik, a research fellow in the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition, who says the decision to examine the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of diabetes was "the logical next step."

 Researchers identified eight studies with plausible evidence which led them to check for a link between sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes. The largest diabetes study, which followed more than 91,000 American women, ages 24 to 44 for eight years, made the strongest case for a relationship. While weight gain is a known diabetes risk factor, the diabetes beverage link persisted even after adjusting for that. "Other factors independently put you at risk for developing diabetes," says Malik.

The main reason is an increase in blood glucose and insulin because sweetened drinks are often consumed quickly and in large quantities and their sugar content is rapidly absorbed. Frequent spiking can lead to insulin resistance, inflammation, and hypertension often precursors to diabetes.

Americans love sweetened drinks. Consumption climbed to an average of 142 calories a day, or nearly one 12-ounce can of soda, in 2006, from 65 in the late 1970s. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released projections that by 2050, 1 in 3 Americans will develop the disease. "Soft drink consumption has significant public health implications in terms of the diabetes epidemic," says Hu.

The American Heart Association issued a recommendation advising consumers to set a limit on sweetened drinks of 450 calories a week, or three 12-ounce sodas, in a 2,000-calorie diet. Calorie-counting is a convenient way to keep track, but it can be misleading. "Consumers are overly focused on calories," says Constance Brown-Riggs, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, who would like people also to understand that a 12-ounce can of soda contains the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar. "They think it's not that bad, without taking into consideration the other components that are putting them at risk."

Next time you are into a restaurant or in a store don’t feel pressured into buying sugar drinks. Even though most of Americans are downing those sugar drinks make sure you stay away!

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written by prodigy_mich, Wednesday, 08:43 PM, July 20, 2011
i keep tellin this to my colleagues at work but they neva listen!!

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