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6th November, 2017
Sugar-sweetened drinks increase risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Dr KK Aggarwal
A review of epidemiological studies published online November 2, 2017 in the Journal of the Endocrine Society has added to the growing evidence of the association of sugar-sweetened beverages with chronic lifestyle disorders such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
 
The review, which examined the association of sugar-sweetened beverages with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and hypertension, found that regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and juice contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Most of the studies included in the review found that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome, which in turn increased the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
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This condition accounts for about 0.6% of the global disease burden
 
New Delhi, 05 November 2017: As per a recent government rule, all household paints should have lead less than 90 ppm (parts per million) and their label should say as much. This rule was intended to regulate the amount of lead in household and decorative paints. As per a study conducted on household paints. it was found that over 30% of them contained lead levels above 10,000 ppm. The target back then was 1000 ppm for lead in paints. However, the limit was later lowered to 90 ppm, following international best practices.
 
Lead poisoning is one of the most common diseases of toxic environmental origin and accounts for about 0.6% of the global burden of disease. ]Lead is used in many products such as lead-acid batteries for motor vehicles, pigments, paints, solder, stained glass, lead crystal glassware, ammunition, ceramic glazes, jewellery, and toys, as also in cosmetics and traditional medicines.
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