Carbonated drinks cause chronic kidney diseases


As drinking sugary carbonated beverages has serious bearing on good health, widespread spree of drinking soft drinks has raised alarming concerns due to its adversarial impact leading to chronic kidney diseases (CKD). According a Harvard Public School of Health (HSPH), soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which forms stones in the kidneys.

Soft sugary drinks and fruit syrups can be the cause of kidney, heart and lung diseases. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JSBSPH) in the United States said that , regular drinking of sugary fruit syrup, soda and other beverages is likely to result in 'chronic kidney disease (CKD).

However, in Bangladesh health experts and doctors repeatedly warned against drinking of carbonated sugar beverage which commonly known as soft drink. After having dinner or heavy meal, it has become a common trend amongst people to drink carbonated beverages. Talking to The Bangladesh Post, medicine specialist Motaleb Ahmed of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) said, “Without acknowledging health threats we are drinking carbonated beverages. I often prescribe patients not to drink a lot, but they don’t pay any heed to us”.

In the long run, obesity and chronic kidney diseases are common among soft drinkers, he added. Mentioning soft drinks ingredients harm human body, he said, “These drinks contain phosphoric acid, which releases calcium from the body via urine.” He added “Soft drinks contain sugar and acid, which erode the tooth enamel. As a result, the nerves are easily attacked, and the teeth are beheaded. There may be bruises at the base of the teeth, or even the teeth may be completely damaged”.

The result is a deficiency of calcium in the body and bone. Then osteoporosis or bone loss occurs. Soft drinks contain high levels of fructose corn syrup. Studies show that high levels of fructose corn syrup increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. KC Revolz, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, said that the soft drinks are being sold in the market every day and people, who have been drinking for years, are lacking constructive information on how harmful health can be.

Another study marks that, regularly excessively drinking sugary soft drinks are 61 percent more likely to suffer from CKD. In fact, sugary drinks are among the most fattening aspects of the modern diet. Sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup contain about 50% fructose, which can only be metabolized by your liver. Excessive amounts may contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Sugary drinks have powerful effects on your brain's reward system, which may lead to addiction. Multiple studies have determined a strong link between sugary beverages and heart disease risk. Scientists in America found that mice fed with the equivalent of five cans of sugary drinks a day had worse memories and twice the amount of brain deposits associated with the disease than mice without added sugar in their diet. This suggests that fizzy drinks could be linked with Alzheimer's.