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Jolie wrote, "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity"

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Feb 28, 2017: We all want good health, perfect bodies, a great immune system, and disease free live. Unfortunately, there are many diseases which have shocking effects. Be it a commoners or celebrities all are prone to getting sick. And just like us, some celebrities even live with chronic conditions that can take a toll on their day-to-day lives.

Here are 10 celebrities with chronic illnesses-

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Angelina Jolie

On February 16, 2013, Angelina Jolie had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she had an 87% risk of developing Breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. After completing each operation, Jolie wrote, “On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Angelina Jolie. Wikimedia Commons

Charlie Sheen

Actor Charlie Sheen in 2015 announced during an interview with Matt Lauer that he is HIV positive. HIV destroys one type of immune system cell, called T cells, which makes it difficult for people with the virus to fight off infections.

Charlie Sheen. Wikimedia Commons

Selena Gomez

Pop star Selena Gomez had to cancel her Australian and Asian tour due to the complications that arose from Lupus-related health problems. The singer had to take some time off and focus on her health. This autoimmune disease causes the immune system of the body to attack other healthy organs and tissues.

Selena Gomez. Instagram

Kim Kardashian

After finding red, flaky patches of skin on her legs in 2011, Kim Kardashian has diagnosed with a disease called Psoriasis. It is an autoimmune disease, meaning the condition results when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells rather than foreign invaders. The skin disorder appears as raised red patches with thick, silvery scales.

Kim Kardashian. Wikimedia Commons

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Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox has a disease called Parkinson’s disease in 1991 when he was 30 years old. It is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to walk and move. It arises when the neurons in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine, which helps to control body movements, begin to break down and die.

Michael J. Fox. Wikimedia Commons

Shakira

Shakira has an illness called Toxoplasmosis. It’s an infection caused by a parasite which can be contacted through cats or uncooked meat. It starts with flu and then gets serious like muscle aches and tender lymph nodes. It can develop eye problems in a small number of people.

Shakira. Twitter

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson has Hepatitis C. It is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that primarily affects the liver. It causes high fever, dark urine, abdominal pain, tiredness and yellow tinged skin occurs.

Pamela Anderson. Twitter

Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks announced that he has type 2 diabetes during an interview in 2013. When a person has diabetes, the body cannot effectively control its blood sugar levels. It can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure.

Tom Hanks. Twitter

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Lena Dunham

Writer and actress Lena Dunham described her decade-long struggle with endometriosis in November 2015. It occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus become displaced and grow in other areas of the abdomen or body, leading to pain and irregular bleeding.

Lena Dunham. Wikimedia Commons

Montel Williams

Montel Williams went public with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord in 1999. As with other autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the person’s healthy tissue. It is not known exactly what triggers the condition.

Montel Williams. Twitter

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12 things you must know about cold drinks in India

If you're addicted to cold drinks, chances are that you are not the only one.

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By Ruchika Verma

  • Cold drinks are one of the lesser known addictions in India
  • Sodas or cold drinks be it cola or non-cola can have harmful effects on us
  • The key is to consume cold drinks in moderation and not excessively

If you’re addicted to cold drinks, chances are that you are not the only one. Everyone loves the sugary, carbonated taste of cold drinks, especially during summers.

Cold drinks tastes good, but they have some harmful effects on us too. VOA
Cold drinks taste good, but they have some harmful effects on us too. VOA

Even in winters, we don’t really hesitate in consuming our favourite cold drinks. However, it is important to know their effect on our health and environment. Here is the list of 12 things you must know about cold drinks:

Obesity

Increase consumption of soda or cold drinks is said to one of the major reasons for high obesity rates and other health problems associated with it, as per some health experts. One can of soda contains about 150 calories, which if consumed regularly, can increase your weight by 6 kgs per year.

Sodas and cold drinks can cause obesity and diabetes. VOA
Sodas and cold drinks can cause diseases like obesity and diabetes. VOA

Causes Diabetes

High consumption of cold drinks can cause diseases like Type 2 Diabetes. Use of artificial sweetener leads to diabetes and thus children and sugar patients should refrain from consuming soft drinks in excessive amount.

Tooth decay

Cold drinks can cause tooth decay and no, not even your toothpaste and toothbrush can save you from this. The acid in cold drinks can damage your teeth more than sugar. The acid present in soft drinks weakens tooth enamel, which leads to cavities and tooth decay.

Also Read: 5 Drinks Which Will Help You Lose Weight

Cold drinks can cause a lots of harm to our body and its immunity. Wikimedia Commons
Cold drinks can cause lots of harm to our body and its immunity. Wikimedia Commons

Caffeine dependency

Many carbonated drinks, be it cola and non-cola, contain caffeine. Caffeine is addictive and can cause insomnia, irritability and other related symptoms in some people. If one is already having problems with caffeine, they should avoid cold drinks as much as they can.

Nutrition deficiency

It may sound quite weird, but it all boils down to the fact that sodas and cold drinks are simply not healthy. Many people have a habit of choosing soda over other beverages like water, milk, juice, etc. If you are one of those people too, chances are, you’re not getting the required amount of nutrients into your body.

One should go for healthier alternatives of cold drinks. Wikimedia Commons
One should go for healthier alternatives of soft drinks. Wikimedia Commons

Weak bones

Not getting required nutrients will obviously have an effect on your health. However, cold drinks can affect your bones as well. Studies suggest that excess consumption of soft drinks which contains acid can reduce the calcium quotient of our bones by preventing the nutrient from getting absorbed.

Artificial sweeteners

This should not really come as a surprise. All cold drinks have artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are not necessarily unhealthy. However, recent studies show that long-term consumption can damage our sugar taste receptors, leading us to crave more sugar oriented food.

Also Read: Sugary drinks responsible for 1 in 200 deaths

Cold drinks can cause tooth decay, obesity, etc. Wikimedia Commons
Cold drinks can cause tooth decay, obesity, etc. Wikimedia Commons

Slows Metabolism

When tired, try not to consume cold drinks and instead go for fresh juice or water. A soft drink can decrease your metabolism rate by 2 times. It also destroys fat burning enzymes leading to obesity.
Affects Reproduction Capabilities
Few studies have suggested that the use of artificial sweeteners in cold drinks, like saccharin and sucralose, can affect reproduction capabilities in humans. It can decrease the chances of pregnancy in women. The presence of caffeine in cold drinks can also decrease the sperm count in men, it may affect the quality of the sperm too.
There are many brands which are famous in India and are regularly consumed. Wikimedia Commons
There are many brands which are famous in India and are regularly consumed. Wikimedia Commons
Top Selling Brands of cold drinks in India
In India, a cold drink is consumed every minute by someone. The most popular brands of cold drinks in India are Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Thumbs Up. Other drinks include Limca, Mountain Dew and Sprite, which have the lemon essence in them. There are other brands like Fanta and Miranda too which are orange flavoured and less preferred drinks.
Controversies
Controversies and cold drinks are almost synonymous. There have been many controversies which revolve around cold drinks and its effects on our health. Concerns over usage of water, accusations over pesticides and sweeteners, and also, the general concerns about how these drinks are unhealthy, keep on plaguing these drinks.
Coca Cola is known to spend a huge amount of money on its advertisement campaigns. Wikimedia Common
Coca-Cola is known to spend a huge amount of money on its advertisement campaigns. Wikimedia Common
Advertising Expenses 
Cold drink brands hire the most famous celebrities to be their brand ambassadors. Their campaigns are often huge and present ideas which are larger than life. A lot of money is being spent on the advertising of these soft drinks. Coca-Cola normally spends up to $3.499 billion in a year on its advertising campaigns.