The Soda, Obesity, Diabetes Connection
Soda and other sweetened beverages have been identified as a major contributor to the obesity and diabetes epidemics around the world, and in light of the scientific evidence, many public health organizations have started recommending daily sugar limits.
At least 10 countries have implemented or are working toward implementing taxes on soda in an effort to reduce consumption and improve public health. One 12-ounce can of regular soda contains on average between 8 and 10 teaspoons of sugar, far exceeding 100 percent of your recommended daily sugar allotment of 6 teaspoons (25 grams).
Considering sugar is as addictive as cocaine and has downright toxic effects on your body when consumed in excess, it's no wonder obesity has become such a health crisis. Previous research conservatively suggests sugary beverages alone are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths and 44,000 heart disease deaths.7 What's worse, the death rates associated with sweetened beverages were highest in those under the age of 45.
Reducing the number of sugary drinks you consume each day can go a long way toward reducing your risk for metabolic dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and obesity. Diet Soda Is Not the Answer Research has shown artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase carb cravings, stimulate fat storage and promote weight gain.
Diet sodas may actually double your risk of obesity. Pure water is a zero-calorie drink. You cannot find a beverage that contains fewer calories. Why would you choose artificially sweetened water over regular mineral water? If you want some flavor, just squeeze a little bit of fresh lemon into mineral water as citrus fruits have some of the lowest fructose levels of all fruits.
DIABETES AWARENESS WALK On
June 24 at 10 a.m. (registration @ 9:00 a.m.)
A DIABETES AWARENESS WALK will take place from Delaware Park to 15 Northland Ave corner of Main St (WNY Medical offices). The Health and Wellness Experience begins at 11a.m. in this locale. This overall endeavor is themed "Let's Move and Be Healthy in recognition of former First Lady Michelle Obama's ‘Let's Move’ program. Registration for the walk is $20 per person ($25 includes a t-shirt). This event will be fun for the entire family. There will be healthy snacks, prizes, entertainment and giveaways. Join other sponsors such as Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, Bako Pathology, Dr. Timothy Adams of Delaware Surgical, WUFO 1080 AM Radio, and many others. Additionally, there will be physicians and nurses on-site to address medical concerns. Dr. Holley will be conducting free foot examinations.
For further information please feel to contact (716) 833-4958 or medical assistants of AAFC at (716) 862-9957. Partial proceeds will go towards diabetes research and awareness. Checks can be made payable to: Soul to Sole Inc. P.O. Box 184, Buffalo, NY 14215. Soul to Sole INC and Absolutely Affordable Footcare PC are collaborating with principle sponsor WNY Medical PC to sponsor this important health initiative. Dr. William Holley, Executive Director of Soul to Sole Inc.