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NEU University Hospital, information on sugary drinks/sweeteners

By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

The latest research further strengthened the general belief that sugary drinks and sweeteners  increase the mortality caused by cardiovascular diseases and could cause large intestine cancer.

The results of the latest research on this topic have been conveyed by Professor Dr. Hamza Duygu of Near East University Hospital, regarding  a significant research study revealed at an Annual Congress – European Society of Cardiology held in Paris last week.

According to the press information from the Near East University, Professor Dr. Hamza, in the annual congress of European Society for Cardiology,  stated that the results of the research study on sugary drinks and sweeteners drew the attention of many; pointing out that this particular study was the largest ever conducted. The results of the study revealed that sugary drinks increased death rates. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu expressed that the study placed equal and special focus on both sugary drinks and drinks with sweeteners. He stated that those who consume two or more glasses of sugary drinks a day were compared to individuals who consumed sugary drinks once a month. Moreover, those who consumed drinks with sweeteners were compared to those who consumed drinks with sweeteners less than a glass within a month. Resultantly, it was found that the death rates of those who consume drinks with sweeteners rose by 26% compared to those who drank less than a glass a month. Similarly, the death rates of those who consume two or more glasses of sugary drinks a day rose by 8%; compared to individuals who drank less than a glass within a month. In a further study based on this research, it was observed that sweetened drinks increased cardiovascular system deaths by 52%.

Prof. Dr. Hamza expressed that according to two different studies published in American journals this year, it is concluded that sweetened and sugary drinks increase mortality rates for all reasons; thus, providing further evidence and supporting the fact that sweetened and sugary drinks increase mortality rates for all reasons. Additionally, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu stated that the definition of the sugary beverage in the present study included carbonated drinks, isotonic drinks and diluted syrups. These drinks are divided into two groups as sweetener and non-sweetener; and the study includes a total of 451,743 participants from 10 different countries in Europe. Digestive system deaths were also found to be significantly higher in 59% of those who consumed sweetened sugary drinks. This increase is thought to be related to hyperglycemia caused by sugary drinks disrupting the intestinal barrier and increasing the risk of intestinal infection. Interestingly, in this study, it was found that consumption of sugary drinks increased the deaths from Parkinson’s disease by 59%.

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