KIDNEY DISEASE RISK TIED TO SUGAR-SWEETENED DRINKS

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People who drink lots of sugar-sweetened drinks may be putting themselves at a heightened risk for kidney disease, a new study suggests.

The study of more than 3,000 black men and women in Mississippi found that those who consumed the most soda, sweetened fruit drinks and water had a 61 percent increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

That water was included in the increased risk surprised the researchers. It’s possible, however, that participants reported drinking a variety of types of water, including flavored and sweetened water. Unfortunately, that information was not included in the Jackson Heart Study, which was used for the project.

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Specifically, the researchers looked at beverage consumption as reported in a questionnaire given at the start of the study in 2000 to 2004. Participants were followed from 2009 to 2013.

Although a few countries  have reduced consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by imposing taxes on them, others have resisted these efforts.

In an editorial, a kidney disease patient, Duane Sunwold, said he changed his eating and drinking habits to put his disease in remission. He’s a chef who offers recommendations to other kidney disease patients who are seeking to cut back on sugar-sweetened drinks.

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