February 15, 2017

The Horrible Effects of Soda on your Health

In the United States, the average person drinks 57 gallons of soda per person every year [1]. Sugary drinks have many negative effects on a person’s health. Soda has an extremely high sugar content, which causes frequent changes in blood sugar levels and stress on your pancreas to produce insulin. Drinking soda is pleasing because it causes your body to produce dopamine which “stimulates the pleasure centers of [the] brain… just like a low-grade line of cocaine” [1].

Furthermore, the consumption of sugary drinks like soda has a direct link to obesity. A typical soda bottle contains about 15 to 18 tea spoons of sugar and over 240 calories. The matter is compounded after consumption of a soft drink, as people tend to still be hungry. This is the definition of “empty calories” because people do not feel full from drinking a soda, unlike if they were to consume 240 calories of food. Since these people will likely consume food as well, the extra calories only add to the obesity epidemic. Harvard researchers have found out that for “each additional 12 ounce soda children consumed each day, the odds of becoming obese increased by 60%” [2]. Additionally, they concluded that increased sugar intake in the form of liquids also increases the chances of heart attacks and has a significant impact on an individual’s cardiovascular health.

Most soft drinks also contain corn syrup, which is high in fructose. Intake of this substance causes greater chances of metabolic syndrome, heart attacks, and diabetes. Soda consumption also limits the availability of potassium due to the increased intake of sodium preservatives. Therefore, this may increase the risk of asthma and eczema [1]. With all these risks, an innocent can of sugary soda with dinner may lead to many more problems.
[1] Soft drink Dangers: 8 Ways Soda Negatively Affects Your Health. Olson, Samantha. Medical Daily. Retrieved From: http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/soft-drink-dangers-8-ways-soda-negatively-affects-your-health-319054

[2] Sugary drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet. Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Retrieved from: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/

March 31, 2011

Obesity linked to deadly breast cancer

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obese womanBreast cancer is the second leading causes of death among U.S women. Approximately 1.3 million cases of breast cancer are reported worldwide with 38% of these cases turning deadly. For years scientists have conducted studies to find out possible causes of breast cancer that could be controlled, and recently, they did just that.

Although scientist have already determined that obesity is linked to breast cancer, a recent study conducted by Fred Hutchinson, from the Cancer Research center, has shown that women who are obese increase their risk of triple negative breast cancer by 35%. This type of breast cancer is a more aggressive form of cancer which affects 10%-20% of cases and is more deadly. Triple negative cancer is deadly due to the lack of progesterone or HER2 receptors which are required for most breast cancer drugs to work. Obese women increase their estrogen levels, which build up in fat and promote tumors.

The study was conducted with 155,723 women; all with whom had a different Body Mass Index (BMI). The research showed that 35% of women with higher BMI had higher risk of triple negative breast cancer and 39% had a higher risk of estrogen-fed breast cancer. Amanda Phipps, a researcher with Fred Hutchinson Cancer research stated, “The fact that we found an association with triple negative breast cancer is unique because, biologically, this subtype is very different from other breast cancers.”

These results are important to researchers because obesity is a factor of breast cancer that can be modified whereas the other factors are hereditary or cannot be modified. The study also showed that women who reported that they had high rates of physical activities, showed a 23% lower risk of developing triple negative breast cancer.