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Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Good Reason to Give Up Soda

Diabetes mellitus is caused by the failure of the pancreas to produce enough insulin or inability of the cells of the body to respond appropriately to insulin a hormone that allows glucose or sugar in blood to enter the cells. In diabetes therefore, sugar accumulates in blood because it's unable to enter the cells. Thus, diabetics have persistently high blood sugar level, a condition that leads to damage in the various organs of the body. Accordingly diabetics are advised to restrict their sugar intake. But for people who aren't diabetic yet, excessive sugar intake probably plays a minor direct role in the development of diabetes mellitus. Hence giving up soft drinks will probably not help much in protecting you from acquiring the disease. Excessive sugar intake, however can indirectly cause diabetes because it can result in obesity, which together with genetics and a sedentary lifestyle are the major risk factors for the illness. Nonetheless your decision to give up soft drinks will benefit you health wise because excess sugar in the diet is definitely detrimental to health as attested to by a growing number of scientific studies. The latest of these studies entitled "Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality among U.S. Adults", whose results were published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this February looked at the association between the time trends of added sugar consumption as percentage of daily calories and death from cardiovascular disease.        
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