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Colas not cool for women: Study

Aug 20, 2006 06:18 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Further to the recent furore over the report from the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) which said pesticide residues had been found in colas, there are reports, which say that women are at a higher risk from Cola drinks.

According to a recent study at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research the chemical concentrate of colas contributes to the loss of bone-mineral density, especially in adult women.

"The high sugar in the cola it takes out calcium from the bones and that leads to osteoporosis and women are at a higher risk which is also because their needs are higher post-pregnancy and during lactation," nutritionist, Shikha Sharma says.

According to another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted on over 1,00,000 women over a period of 12 years - though heavy coffee drinkers were not found to be at a risk of developing high blood pressure, women who drank a caffeinated cola drink every day had a higher risk of high blood pressure.

Also women who drank at least four cans of sugared cola drinks daily had a 28 to 44 per cent higher risk of high blood pressure, compared to women who drank lesser or none.

"All the chemical preservatives in the sugar imbalance the insulin. And once a hormone is imbalanced, it leads to imbalance in the other areas, which leads to higher blood pressure. This also effects one's kidney system and that's where the blood pressure becomes more permanent," Sharma says.

But that's not all to the Cola companies' woes. A finding in the August 2004 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, according to which sugary drinks increased weight gain and type-2 diabetes in women, includes fizzy soft drinks, such as cola and lemonade.

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