Fitness Expert Lorna Kleidman Responds to Health Risk of Sugary Beverages

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Kettlebell trainer Lorna Kleidman responds to research findings that link the consumption of sugary drinks with serious health risks such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

On April 5, 2013, Lorna Kleidman responds to an article released by Time Healthland discussing the reported links between sugary beverages and various health risks.

The Time Healthland article discloses the findings of the American Heart Association's research into the impact of sugary drinks on health. According to the research, 180,000 annual deaths are caused by the consumption of sugar-heavy drinks.

Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are listed as examples of maladies that have a direct connection with beverages like soda. “To reach their conclusion, the scientists analyzed data from the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study and recorded how much sugar-sweetened beverages people drank, dividing up the data by age and sex,” says Time Healthland. “Then, they figured out how the various amount corresponded to obesity rates. Lastly, they calculated how much obesity affected diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers and determined the mortality rates from these diseases, ending up with the number of deaths that could be attributed to consuming sugary beverages by age and sex.” This allowed researchers to quantify the negative health effects of drinking sugary beverages.

According to the article, researchers reported 25,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2010 that were “linked to sugary beverages,” and further that “these drinks were associated with 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths.” Worldwide, the study's authors found that “Seventy-eight percent of these deaths due to over-consuming sugary drinks were in low and middle-income countries, rather than high-income countries.”

A quote taken by Dr. Gitanjali Singh states his opinion that these finding should serve as an eye-opener for policy makers and incite a proactive stance the discouraging overconsumption of sugary drinks, and even reduce the access people have to the drinks.

Fitness expert Lorna Kleidman responds to the health risks posed by sugary drinks and offers advice on how to help deter people from unhealthy habits. “Sugar is like a drug, totally additive! Although we all need sugar to be a part of our nutritional intake, the sugars found in natural, whole-food sources provide more than our daily requirement – every time we resort to sugary, processed food and drinks, we're going way overboard as far as nutrition is concerned, and the end result is usually fatigue and sluggishness at a minimum, all the way up to serious health problems like obesity. A focus on a balanced diet and regular exercise will train your metabolic system not to crave the types of foods that have too much sugar.”

Lorna Kleidman is a three-time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative kettlebell exercises used in her KettleX program as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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