STATES CHRONICLE – A new study has revealed that not only do sugary drinks make people vulnerable to obesity and type 2 diabetes, they also increase their chances of developing heart disease and experiencing heart attacks by over more than a third.
Many studies have documented the nefarious effects that drinking sugary sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks can have on the human body. But even though researchers and health experts have repeatedly warned the public about these products, recent surveys show that half of Americans still consume sugary drinks on a daily basis.
This is the reason why the field experts behind the new study wrote that society has an “urgent need for public health strategies that reduce the consumption of these drinks”.
The main reason why sugary drinks pose such a threat to public health is that they have added sugars like corn syrup, table sugar, and fructose in their composition. American companies use these added sugars as a cheap alternative to sucrose, however they are well known for causing people to gain weigh, which in turn makes them more vulnerable to developing type 2 diabetes.
Another big issue is that they contain liquid calories. What this means is that people usually consume them alongside solid foods, another source of calories.
Progress is being made, but it’s moving slowly. A survey from a couple of months ago has shown that most people living in the US have spent the past 10 years increasingly cutting down on their daily, weekly and monthly doses of sugary drinks.
But these products still remain people’s main added sugars source. From a statistical perspective, one (1) in of every four (4) individuals in the US take 200 daily calories or more from sugary drinks.
What’s more, five percent (5%) of individuals in the US take over 500 daily calories from sugary drinks. This is essentially means that they drink four (4) cans of soda each day.
A group of researchers led by Dr. Frank Hu, PhD and professor of epidemiology and nutrition working at the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston), conducted the new meta-analysis and came to the conclusion that drinking no more than one (1) or two (2) sugary drinks on a daily basis increases your chances of suffering from several diseases.
It makes you 26 percent (26%) more likely to end up developing type 2 diabetes, 35 percent (35%) more likely to experience fatal heart disease and heat attacks, and 16 percent (16%) more likely to experience strokes.
Another important finding was that glucose is absorbed right into the bloodstream, but fructose actually metabolizes in the liver where it’s transformed into fatty compounds referred to as “triglycerides” and known for increasing people’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease as well as type 2 diabetes.
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