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Archive for August, 2014

Sodas and Seniors: A Bad Combination

Monday, August 18th, 2014

For sixty years the Baby Boomers as a demographic group have been a strong, influential group.  They tried marijuania, but stayed away from cigarettes.  Their search for healthy exercise started many fitness centers around the world.  Their focus on healthy and different foods started many different restaurants including vegan, vegetarian and healthy American restaurants.  But the one thing the Baby Boomers are also known for is their love of soda.  Constant consumption of sodas influenced the expansion of many soda manufacturers.  These companies advertise that their sodas were refreshing, caused harmony, gave you energy, etc.  Not once did these companies, like the fast food restaurants, ever say that their product was healthy. Never!  The results of the consumption of sodas for sixty years by the Baby Boomer (now seniors) is in and it is not good. 

Prior studies have already linked sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with weight gain and type 2 diabetes.  This is not mentioning the adverse effect on teeth.  Now for the newest disease links to sodas : From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition comes the link between sugar-sweeten beverages and Coronary disease risk in women.  Another study noted in this same journal was the association of sodas and prostate cancer.  In 2013, a study centered on the risk of lymphoma and leukemia in the 60ish population found an increase risk with the comsumption of soda.  The greater risk of stroke is what a different study found in men and women ingesting soda.  Osteoporosis and hip fractures has increased for women with the frequency of soda consumption.  Men are also starting to show an increase in the risk of hip fractures with soda consumption.  A study done in 2014, connected the consumption of sugar-sweeten beverages and the risk of Rheumatoid arthritis for women.  Finally soda consumption and the development of chronic inflammatory disease and cardiovascular disease is consistently increasing.  This is not good news for the Baby Boomers with a soda habit.  Maybe it is time to substitute other beverages for soda.

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