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Soft drinks lead to health problems

THERE'S sobering news for drinkers this Christmas, and that includes people who do not drink alcohol.

Heavy consumption of soft drinks, as well as eroding teeth, has also been linked to asthma and serious lung disease, research has found.

An Australian study has found that consumption of high levels of soft drink is positively associated with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults consuming more than half a litre per day.

The survey of 16,900 people found people drinking more than half a litre of soft drink a day had significantly increased chances of having asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), causing blockages to the airways.

The University of Adelaide researchers said the mechanisms linking soft drinks with these respiratory problems remained unclear but one hypothesis was that the high sugar in soft drinks made the airways more vulnerable to allergic inflammation.

 

Read more at Brisbane Times


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