News

Health effects of consuming sugary drinks

Published

on

‘);
} else {
$(“.fotorama-caption”).addClass(“remove_caption”);
}
})
.fotorama();

The following is a lightly edited statement from Deborah Chan, president of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

 

RESULTS of a new Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health study provides new evidence about dangerous health effects of consuming sugary drinks.

The large long-term study of US men and women found that the more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) consumed, the higher the risk of early death. In addition, the study found an increased risk of early death from cardiovascular disease to people who consumed SSBs frequently.

The study, Long-Term Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Mortality in US Adults which was published in the journal Circulation, examined lifestyle factors and health status of men and women over a 34-year period. It found that drinking two to six sugary drinks per week was linked with a six per cent increase in mortality; one to two per day with a 14 per cent increase; and two or more with a 21 per cent increase. In addition, the increased early death risk linked with SSB consumption was more pronounced among women who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day than among men who consumed similar amounts of sugary drinks. Women had a 63 per cent higher risk of death and men 29 per cent.

In addition, it found a strong link between drinking sugary drinks and an increased risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. Individuals who drank two or more servings per day of SSBs had a 31 per cent higher risk of early death from cardiovascular disease compared with infrequent SSB consumers. Each additional serving of a sugary drink per day was associated with a 10 per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease related death.

The results related to artificially sweetened beverages are potentially important findings for policymakers who are looking at sugar substitutions. The study cautions against excessive consumption of artificially sweetened beverages.

While there was moderately lower risk of early death linked with replacing SSBs with artificially sweetened beverages, high consumption of artificially sweetened beverages (at least four servings/per day) was linked with a slightly increased risk of both overall and cardiovascular-related mortality among women.

The need for the Government of Jamaica to take action has never been clearer. After all, Jamaicans — especially young people — are high consumers of SSBs.

The 2010 Global School Health Survey found that 73 per cent of Jamaican adolescents drink carbonated soft drinks at least once a day. This study provides further proof of the harmful health effects of sugary drinks and why population-based policies that are effective in reducing the consumption of sugary drinks, like sugary drink taxes, are needed to help improve the health of all Jamaicans.

The study analysed data from 80,647 women participating in the Nurses’s Health Study (1980-2014) and 37,716 men participating in the Health Professional Follow-Up Study (1986-2014). In both studies, participants answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors and health status every two years.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive

Source link

قالب وردپرس

News

Over 30 sanctioned for not wearing masks in Mandeville

Published

on

By



























Over 30 sanctioned for not wearing masks in Mandeville





























































Copyright © 2020 Jamaica Observer. All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
















Source link

قالب وردپرس

Continue Reading

News

1.5m health-care workers in Latin America, Caribbean fully vaccinated

Published

on

By



























1.5m health-care workers in Latin America, Caribbean fully vaccinated





























































Copyright © 2020 Jamaica Observer. All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
















Source link

قالب وردپرس

Continue Reading

News

Ministry points to danger of vaccine hesitancy among high-risk groups

Published

on

By



























Ministry points to danger of vaccine hesitancy among high-risk groups





























































Copyright © 2020 Jamaica Observer. All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
















Source link

قالب وردپرس

Continue Reading

News

Jamaicans head list of Caribbean people heading to Canada

Published

on

By



























Jamaicans head list of Caribbean people heading to Canada





























































Copyright © 2020 Jamaica Observer. All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
















Source link

قالب وردپرس

Continue Reading

News

Penal partnership

Published

on

By



























Penal partnership





























































Copyright © 2020 Jamaica Observer. All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
















Source link

قالب وردپرس

Continue Reading

popcaan