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​​Sugar may be sweet, but the health effects of eating sugar are not. Drinking lots of sugar can lead to serious health effects.​
 

Did you know...​

  • Drinking large amounts of sugary drinks can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes*, heart disease, and gout.**

  • A child’s risk of becoming obese increases by 60% with each additional sugar-sweetened beverage consumed daily.

  • Drinking just one 12-ounce can of a sugary drink per day can mean gaining 15 extra pounds per year.
  • Children who drink carbonated sugary drinks have almost double the risk of dental issues like cavities and tooth decay.


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*   Type 2 diabetes is a disease where the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar and 
     can result in blindness, lower limb amputation, heart attack, impotence, and death.

**  Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and 
     tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.

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