Why is there so much concern about sugar-sweetened beverages?

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been strongly and consistently associated with obesity and a number of related cardiometabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. A child’s risk of becoming obese increases by 60% for every additional sugary drink consumed per day.  And, women who drink one sugar-sweetened beverage each day have almost twice the risk of diabetes.

Americans consume 200 to 300 more calories each than we did 30 years ago.  And, nearly half of these extra calories come from sugar-sweetened drinks, often displacing other foods and drinks rich in nutrients from a diet, such as skim milk and whole fruit. For example, a 20-oz serving of a sugar-sweetened  soda contains the equivalent of 16 packets of sugar.

Limiting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages will improve your health.  An average person would lose about 9 pounds a year by eliminating sugar-sweetend beverages from their diet.  For example, substituting water for one 20-ounce soda will save you about 240 calories.

Read the AMA Council on Science and Public Health Report on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Russell Kridel, MD

As a 40+ female, should I get a mammogram? There seems to be different points of view in the media.

Mammography is a proven method for detecting breast tumors, with demonstrated reductions in mortality for women who undergo regular screening.

Every woman age 40 years and older who wants a routine screening mammogram and whose physician believes it is clinically appropriate should receive one, regardless of her insurance coverage status.

Read the report from the AMA Council on Science and Public Health about the importance of women over 40 having a mammogram.

Russell Kridel, MD

Is bottled water healthier or safer than tap water?

The oversight and safety of public drinking water in the U.S. is of such high quality that in the vast majority of cases little medical need exists for the public to choose bottled water over public drinking water other than convenience and social habit.

Although bottled water is generally no healthier or safer than most tap water, consumers are paying 1000-2000 times the cost of tap water to obtain bottled water, which in many cases is simply municipal water that has been subject to additional treatment. Read the AMA Council on Science and Public Health Report on “Safety of Bottled Water”.

Russell W.H. Kridel, M.D.