Sugary drinks should contain health warnings, says experts

29th April 2013 - Fine Cut

Experts have claimed that sugary drinks should come with health warnings on their labels, according to dailymail.co.uk.

Researchers from the Imperial College London said that sugar-sweetened drinks should get the same treatment as cigarettes when it comes to their labelling. This is due to the fact that a study by the institution found that just one sugary fizzy drink a day could raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 22 per cent.

Professor Nick Wareham, who led the study, told thesundaytimes.co.uk: "Labels on sugar-sweetened beverages should be explicit about how much sugar they contain and should say that we should limit consumption as part of a healthy diet."

Also commenting on the research, Professor Barry Popkin of the University of North Carolina said: "If there is any item in our food supply that acts like tobacco, it is sugared drinks.

Type 2 diabetes is known to mostly affect those aged over 45 years, however rates of the condition have been rising for children and younger people in the past few years. Sufferers can expect to experience symptoms such as extreme thirst, fatigue and weight loss, however the condition can also lead to even more serious condition such as nerve disease, heart disease and blindness.  

 

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