Sunday December 15, 2019

Quit Soft Drinks For A Longer Life: Researchers

Greater consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks is linked to a higher incidence of all-cause mortality

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The World Health Organization recommends countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks as a way to fight obesity and diabetes. Wikimedia Commons

Greater consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks is linked to a higher incidence of all-cause mortality, researchers have warned.

“We found that higher soft drink intake was associated with a greater risk of death from any cause regardless of whether sugar-sweetened or artificially-sweetened drinks were consumed,” said study senior author Neil Murphy from International Agency for Research on Cancer in France.

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The “soft drinks” were defined as caffeinated colas, caffeine-free colas and other carbonated beverages (such as diet ginger ale). Pixabay

“Our results for sugar-sweetened soft drinks provide further support to limit consumption and to replace them with healthier beverages, preferably water,” Murphy said.

For the study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, nearly 452,000 men and women from 10 European countries participated.

The study found that drinking two or more glasses per day — compared with less than one glass per month — of soft drinks, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially-sweetened soft drinks was associated with higher risk of death from all causes during an average follow-up of 16 years in which 41,693 deaths occurred.

According to the study, 43 per cent died from cancers, 21.8 per cent from circulatory diseases and 2.9 per cent from digestive diseases.

The findings support public health initiatives to limit soft drink consumption. (IANS)

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Passion, Hard Work, Zest for Life Keep me Going, Says Anil Kapoor

So, what keeps so high on energy? "Passion, hard work and a zest for life!" he signed off

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Anil Kapoor went on to carve his niche by balancing his stature as a respectable actor and his popularity as a saleable star. Wikimedia Commons

BY AHANA BHATTACHARYA 

At 62, Anil Kapoor’s fitness level serves as a goal for youngsters. The self-confessed sprint connoisseur is counted among the fittest actors in the industry and is also enthusiastic about yoga and weight training.

Opening up on his fitness secret, he said: “My trainer keeps changing my workouts so that my body doesn’t get too comfortable in any one thing. But the idea is to have a good balance between cardio and weight training.”

Asked about his diet, the actor commented: “I don’t follow any particular plan. I just eat what feels right for my body, and that’s usually healthy, simple food.”

A sprint fanatic, Kapoor recently got a chance to interact with Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake during the latter’s recent visit to India. While Blake was in the country to create awareness on road safety, Bollywood veteran Kapoor reveals the duo took out time to discuss health and fitness apart from their common interest, sprinting.

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Anil Kapoor. Twitter

“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to watch and learn from Yohan. He is such a consummate professional!” said Kapoor about his experience of interacting with Blake.

Anil Kapoor rose to stardom in the eighties when fitness was not a priority for actors. Quizzed if today’s generation of actors is more conscious about health and fitness, the actor smiled and replied: “I’d say that’s a fair assumption. The youth of today are very knowledgeable about the science behind health & fitness and are therefore in a good position to make good choices.”

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After four decades in Bollywood, Anil Kapoor is still super-active in films. His releases thsi year have been “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”, “Total Dhamaal” and “Pagalpanti”. His roster next year comprises “Malang” and “Takht”.

So, what keeps so high on energy? “Passion, hard work and a zest for life!” he signed off. (IANS)