Sugary Drinks Kill
Sugary drinks are silently killing Americans. According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, “Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer and the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.” The report goes on to state these statistics:
- Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate with 6% five-year survivor rate and 75% will die with in the first year of diagnosis.
- 43,140 estimated Americans will be diagnosed and 36,800 will not survive.
- Number of new cases is increasing, not decreasing. Projection increase rate is 55% between 2010 and 2030.
- African Americans have a 50% higher incident rate than any other racial group in the U.S.
- Early detection is rare because risk factors are unknown.
- Treatment options are extremely limited!
The pancreas is a digestive gland responsible for producing the hormone insulin, glucagon and somatiostatin. Insulin regulates the amount of glucose in the blood stream, carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. The pancreas also secretes pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that pass to the small intestine. These digestive enzymes aid in the breakdown of the carbohydrates, protein, and fat in the chyme (the semifluid mass of partly digested food expelled by the stomach into the duodenum).
Sugary Drinks Researches Point To Fructose
Americans are overdosing on processed foods loaded with fructose and high fructose corn syrup. “Over the past 25 years sugar intake has risen from approximately 1/2 pound to 62 pounds a year and our bodies can’t take it. Sugary drinks contain fructose is a sugar made from 50% fructose molecule and 55-75% of the high fructose corn syrup molecule. Fructose taken from fruit bound with healthy fibers is released into sugary drinks and causing enormous health problems.” Dr. Lee Evslin MD of the Makai Ola Integrative Health Clinic in Kauai, Hawaii.
Sugary Drinks, Additives And The Hyper Kid
Recent testing and studies for hyperactivity was significant when consuming drinks containing additives.
Sugary Drinks (Fructose) are only metabolized in the liver and easily turns to fat. In recent studies by Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate. He grew pancreatic cancer cells in lab dishes and fed them both glucose and fructose. Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate. Glucose metabolized differently than fructose.
Dr. Ray Sahelian adds, “fructose can induce metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, inflammation, oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction, kidney injury, and fatty liver.”
Sugary Drinks Reductions – Hawaii DOH Promotes Physical Activities And Healthy Eating
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is taking action to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks on through the Kauai and MauiDistrict Health OfficeHealth Offices’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative. Funded by a $3.4 million federal grant awarded in 2010 media awareness activities include implementing a media campaign; promoting the consumption of locally grown produce in schools, grocery stores and restaurants; encouraging more physical activity by expanding Kauai’s walking, biking and hiking trails; finding ways for children to safely walk or bike to school; and providing fitness programs for people managing chronic disease.
“On average, Americans now consume 200 to 300 more calories each day than we did 30 years ago. Nearly half of these extra calories come from sugar-sweetened drinks,” said DOH Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Dileep G. Bal. “Research points to the strong correlation between consumption of sugar-loaded beverages and obesity with its many associated health problems. We know from our experience with anti-tobacco efforts that targeted media campaigns work and are a key component not only in raising awareness, but in changing social norms.”
In Hawaii, the adult obesity has doubled from 10.8% to 22.9 % between 1995 and 2009. Costs relating to obesity-attributed health problems are impacting the state. In 2003, Hawaii spent $290 million in obesity related medical costs.
In the eighth annual “F” as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, Hawaii is ranked the 5th least obese state in the country; adult obesity rates increased in 16 states and did not decline in any state. Report points out that Hawaii’s obesity rate fifteen years ago was 10.6% and it has doubled to 23.1% in a short 15 years, and 11.2% of Hawaii’s children and adolescents are considered obese.
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-author of this study remarks, “Creating healthy environments is key to reversing the obesity epidemic, particularly for children. When children have safe places to
walk, bike and play in their communities, they’re more likely to be active and less likely to be obese. It’s the same with healthy food: when communities have access to healthy affordable foods, families eat better.”
Connect the dots! More programs like the Hawaii DOH Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) are needed to encourage active lifestyles and healthy eating in communities everywhere.
Hawaii Department of Health – May 30, 2011
Trust for America’s Health