research has been consistently showing us that sugary sweetened beverages (including sports drinks, sodas, etc.) are negatively impacting our health and well-being. According to an article in the IDEA Fitness Journal (2013), sugary drinks are linked with 180,000 deaths globally! During the American Heart Association’s 2013 scientific sessions on Epidemiology, Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, data was presented from the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study connecting the intake of sugar sweetened beverages to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 deaths due to cardiovascular disease and 6,000 cases of cancer deaths.
Sugary beverages may seem economical- especially when you can have unlimited refills at your local fast food restaurant- but these drinks may be costing you your good health. You may say… “It’s just one soda, no big deal…” but the truth of the matter is that these things add up. According to a research study published in Diabetologia (doi: 10.1007/s00125-013-2899-8), one extra sugary drink per day can raise your risk for developing type two diabetes by 22%. This phenomenon of increased diabetes risk is not isolated to the United States. As part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, data from eight European cohorts (groups of people sharing a common characteristic- for instance: being born in the same year) was collected regarding consumption of juices, nectars, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks. The risk of diabetes among consumers of sugar sweetened beverages in Europe was comparable to the risk of similar populations in North America.
Next time you reach fro a soda, take some time to think… is it worth the risk to me and my family? Is it work the cost of living with or dying from diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer?