Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sugar-sweetened drink consumption increases a persons risk of being overweight or obese. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at the effect of sugar-sweetened drinks on womens health in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sugar-sweetened drinks may go down easily, but they can be hard on your health.

Researchers found that women who consume two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day have expanding waistlines, high triglycerides and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study that looked at more than 4,000 middle-age or older women.

Surprisingly, even women who didnt gain weight saw increased health risks linked to their beverage choices.

However, researchers havent determined how sugar-sweetened beverages influence cardiovascular risk in people who dont gain weight.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in the American diet. Although consumption has declined in recent years, the average American still consumes 150 calories of sugar-sweetened beverages daily. These calories can contribute to weight gain and other health risks and provide little to no nutritional value.

To stay healthy, pay attention to what you are drinking. Beware that some drinks claim to be packed with vitamins, antioxidants and other healthful ingredients but they are often loaded with sugar

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.