October 25, 2016

Dieting? Artificial Sweeteners May Not Be the Answer

Two studies presented at the June 2012 America Diabetes Association meeting showed that drinking diet pop is associated with weight gain in humans, and with higher blood glucose levels in mice. Epidemiologists at the School of Medicine at the University of Texas San Antonio looked at the relationship between diet pop consumption and waist circumference. They studied 474 patients over 10 years in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging (SALSA), which includes elderly Mexican-Americans and European-Americans. The results of the study were adjusted for diabetes status, physical activity level, neighborhood, age, smoking status, sex, ethnicity, and education. Researchers found that diet soft drink users had a 70% greater increases in waist circumference compared with those who did … [Read more...]

Does Your Guy Drink Soda? He May Want to Think Again.

A new Harvard study, published in the journal Circulation, found that men who drink sugary beverages may have a higher risk of heart attack. The beverages in the study included sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sugar-sweetened water. And the more sodas he drinks, the higher the risk. Two high-sugar drinks a day were linked to a 42% increase in risk. Three sodas? A 69% increase. Apparently sugar intake is associated with higher levels of intermediate biomarkers, such as c-reactive protein levels (CRP), that indicate inflammation. Inflammation is a key factor in the development of heart disease. The Health Professionals Follow-up study examined 42,883 men. Men in the top fourth of sugar-sweetened beverage intake had a 20% higher relative risk of coronary heart … [Read more...]

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