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The health risks of Soft drink consumption !!

On a hot summer day, having a sip of your favorite drink from a colorful can, while occasionally stopping to enjoy the flavor may be one of the best feelings during the hot seasons. We agree !! There is no better way to relax or cool off. Maybe some air condition would help you but if it's a cold flavory taste you’re after, then soft drinks may just be the best treatment there is. 

The best part is you don’t even have to search far and wide cos of the fact that you can get them in just about every single corner of the street. And yes you can get them chilled, saving you from the trouble of going home and storing them in your refrigerator and then waiting for some time to enjoy the taste. 

Now would you ever want to stop drinking soft drinks in your life, we’re sure you just screamed “no” in your head after reading this. That's completely alright. But did you know that too many soft drinks are actually bad for you? You probably felt that at some point but didn't want to accept it.  And when we say bad, its bad as in, they can cause a lot of serious health problems. 

You sure you still don’t want to stop this soft habit? Read out and find out some of the problems you are likely to face if you don’t get a hold of your soft drink drinking addiction. Take a look !!

Soft drink consumption may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer !!

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Soft drink consumption may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer !!

According to a new research, consuming 2 or more soft drinks per week can increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by twofold compared to the 5 % of people.

People who consumed sugar-sweetened beverage regularly were also likely to have poor behavioral profile overall.

Also, certain places that consumed soft drinks more associated with other kinds of unhealthy lifestyles or behaviors. Some of them include smoking and red meat intake.

Although the disease is relatively rare, pancreatic cancer is considered to be one of the deadliest diseases out there. And only 5 % of people who are diagnosed with the disease may still remain alive five years later.

It was found that the high levels of sugar content in soft drinks may be directly responsible for increasing the level of insulin in the body. Researchers attribute this process to pancreatic cell cancer growth.

A study was a carried out in which 60,524 men and women were monitored for a period of 14 years. During this period, there were around 140 pancreatic cancer cases It was also observed that the individuals who consumed at least 2 or more soft drinks per week (averaging five per week) had an 87 percent increased risk compared with individuals who did not.

However, there was no association seen between fruit juice consumption and pancreatic cancer. 

The study was carried out by Mark Pereira, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and a team of researchers.

 Soft drink consumption may increase the risk of childhood obesity !!

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Soft drink consumption may increase the risk of childhood obesity !!

Soft drink sound refreshing and feel refreshing too don’t they?  But did you know that too much of these can lead to obesity that cloud start from as early as childhood?

Researchers have found that excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks may be one of the reasons for children to develop childhood obesity.

What do the experts say?

  • Although current guidelines specify that consumption levels shouldn't exceed 10 % of daily calories from added sugars, teenagers may sometimes consume two 12 ounce soft drink cans per day which can contain up to 300 calories and 20 teaspoons of sugar thus making it reach up to 18-20 %.
  • Small amounts of sweetened drinks at home or at school can add up, soft drinks and sweetened fruit drinks account for 43 % of these total added sugars. 
  • Kids consume around one-third of their daily calorie intake from nutrient-poor, energy-dense snack foods which further makes nutritional deficiencies another area of concern
  • Most of the time, children consume soft drinks or sweetened fruit drinks instead of choosing milk, which can reduce their levels of protein, calcium, zinc, and vitamins A and C.
  • Children who consume soft drinks in schools may also become more prone to obesity. 

The alternative 

Researchers recommend the following ways to help counter the problem.

Children can compensate for the added calories from occasional soft drinks by 

  • Opting for more nutritious foods.
  • Reduce their calorie drinks throughout the day.
  • Increasing their amount of physical activity.

Schools should concentrate on providing nutritious on providing more nutritious lower-calorie beverages choices in their vending machines like milk, water, 100% fruit and vegetable juices.

It was also found that 25 % of obese children were already showing signs of glucose intolerance. And if a child was already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus at the age of 10 could lose between 17 and 26 life years to the disease.

While no single factor can be cited as the sole cause of childhood obesity, reducing soft drink consumption in schools can cause a great reduction in most of the cases of childhood obesity. 

The study was carried out by Robert Murray, MD and a team of researchers from the Ohio State University, the University of Vermont and the University of California, San Diego.

 Soft drink consumption can cause Knee Osteoarthritis !!

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Soft drink consumption can cause Knee Osteoarthritis !!

According to a new research, soft drink consumption may also be associated in the progression of knee osteoarthritis in men.

Knee osteoarthritis is occurred by the cartilage breakdown in the knee joint. Other factors that increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis include -

  • Obesity or Age
  • Prior injury to the knee
  • Extreme stress to the joints
  • Family history

Researchers carried out a study that comprised of 2149 individuals who were diagnosed with OA through X-ray results. The researchers also monitored their soft drink consumption by using a food frequency questionnaire. The individuals were also monitored during a period of 4 years to track their OA progression as measured by joint space change in their medial knee compartments. Body mass index or BMI was also measured and tracked for both the men and the women.

After controlling for BMI and other factors that may contribute to knee OA, the results showed -

  • Men who consumed more soft drinks per week had worse knee OA progression.
  • The joint space became narrower by an average of 0.29 millimeters in males who drank no soft drinks to 0.59 millimeters in men who drank more than 5 soft drinks per week.
  • Men with lower BMI displayed more knee OA progression with increased soft drink consumption than men who had higher BMI scores.
  • However, women in the lowest BMI portion of the study showed an association between higher soft drink consumption and knee OA progression.

Researchers conclude that men who often drink more soft drinks each week may see their knee OA condition worsen progressively. A secondary factor researchers suspect may be the ingredients in the soft drinks which might be causing the problem. 

The study was carried out by Bing Lu, MD, and a team of researchers.

Soft drink consumption may be linked with asthma and COPD !!

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Soft drink consumption may be linked with asthma and COPD !!

The findings of a new study suggest that high levels of soft drink consumption are associated with asthma and or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD).

Researchers conducted computer-assisted telephone interviewing among 16,907 individuals of the ages of 16 years and older to find out more details about their soft drink consumption behavior. Soft drinks included coke, lemonade, Gatorade etc!!

The results showed that - 

  • One in 10 adults drank more than half a liter of soft drink on a regular basis.
  • The amount of soft drink consumption was linked with an increase in the chances of asthma or COPD.
  • There existed a dose-response relationship which meant that the more soft drinks an individual consumed, the higher the risk the person was at having these diseases.
  • Overall 13.3 % of individuals with asthma and 15.6 % of those with COPD reported consuming more than half a liter of soft drink per day.
  • The odds ratio for asthma and COPD was 1.26 and 1.79 after comparing those who consumed more than half a liter o soft drinks per day than those people who didn’t consume soft drinks.

Additionally, smoking made this relationship, even more, worse, especially for COPD patients. When compared with those who did not smoke and consume soft drinks, people who consumed more than half a liter of soft drinks per day and were also smokers caused a 6.6  fold greater risk of developing COPD.

The study was carried out by Zumin Shi, MD, Ph.D. of the University of Adelaide.