Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sweetened Beverages Increase Heart Attacks and Diabetes

The computer-generated Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model, supported by an AMA grant concluded that there were 14,000 new cases of coronary heart disease and 130,000 new cases of diabetes caused by an increased consumption of sweetened beverages between 1990 and 2000, which includes soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks. The risk was additive to that caused by an increase in obesity during the same period. One solution proposed is ludicrous, adding a 1-cent tax on all such drinks. Anyone who has shopped for a drink at a gas station lately has noted a much greater increase in price than that in the last few years with no obvious decrease in volume sold. What we need is much better nutrition education in our schools and in our media. It can mean life or death or long-term disability.

Google Dr. Litsa K. Lambrakos of the University of California, San Francisco, reported in Family Practice News (click here), 3/15/10, p. 10.