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No sweet surrender

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:853
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    Sugar is as dangerous as tobacco and, in terms of world health, far more important. Although the ill effects of tobacco are manifold (from memory loss to poor semen, damage to the fetus, and wrinkled skin) it kills either through cancer or vascular disease, and it usually does so from the sixth decade of life onwards. Sugar is an enormous burden throughout life: it destroys children's teeth, it leads to obesity, and it exacerbates diabetes, a disease …

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