September 10, 2019

Soft Drink Intake Associated With Risk of Death

A study published on September 3, 2019 in JAMA Internal Medicine found that regular
February 6, 2018

Caramel Coloring in Sodas May Be Deadly

Health researchers may have finally put the nail in the coffin of our national addiction to cola consumption.  As a cardiologist, I couldn’t be happier.  My colleagues and I have known for sometime that colas (and other soft drinks) are a significant detriment to your heart and overall health.  And it’s not just about sugar or artificial sweeteners…here’s why. Your Favorite Cola Ups Your Risk for Heart Disease and Cancer The National Soft Drink Association (NSDA) reports that Americans drink about 600, 12-ounce cans of soda per year, or 13.15 billion gallons.  The 2 most popular soft drinks in the […]
June 13, 2017

These 2 Popular Foods May Cause You To Gain Weight

These Popular Foods May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss One of the important health issues of getting older is weight management.  If you’re overweight in middle age, your chances of developing serious disease – like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer – are greater.  And, like most people over 50, you may have been struggling with maintaining a normal weight or trying to lose some. If you’re still working, or just too busy to make meals at home regularly, like many of my patients you may be eating at a fast food restaurant several days a week.  You might stop […]
March 7, 2017

Drinking Soda: Do Things Really Go Better?

Pop, soda, or soda pop, whichever name you prefer, let’s face it, is an American icon. I, like many of my patients, grew up with it and couldn’t get enough of that ice cold blast of sugary delight hitting the back of my dry throat after playing outside on a hot summer day. Who can forget all those rainbow colored, knee-high glass bottles of soda with the delicious fruity names and flavors? Years ago, soda was considered a once in a while treat. Today, it’s become a staple in our refrigerators. Americans consume an incredible 160 gallons of soda a […]
January 19, 2016

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Increase Body’s Visceral Fat

A new research has found out that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages every day is associated with an increase in a particular type of body fat that may affect diabetes and heart disease risk. Researchers from the American Heart Association showed that among middle-aged adults, there was a direct correlation between greater sweetened beverage consumption and increased visceral fat. Visceral fat or deep fat wraps around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. Visceral fat affects how a person’s hormones function and is thought to play a larger role in insulin resistance which may boost Type […]
April 21, 2015

Diet Soda and Your Belly: The Dangerous Link

You go to the gym several days a week trying to get rid of that unsightly belly fat that seems to have taken up permanent residence on your lap.  After a good workout, you pass by the soda machines and grab a diet soda on the way out the door.  You’re thirsty and you want something cold and sweet with a little kick to it.  But what you don’t know is that drinking diet soda is negating your belly-blasting workout.  It may also be setting you up for further serious disease as well.  How could that be, you ask? Well, […]
February 24, 2015

Soda May Accelerate Aging

As if the health risks of soda weren’t already enough, a new study shows it may also be linked to accelerated aging. In a study, telomeres, the end caps of DNA strands that serve as a marker for aging, were found to be shortened in people who drink soda. The results were published in the American Journal for Public Health. Soda Aged Cells by About Five Years In previous studies, the length of telomeres has been associated with disease and mortality. Shortened telomeres are linked to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Researchers surveyed over 5,000 Americans between the ages of 20 to 65 years. They […]