IHP news 503: NCDs

By on January 4, 2019

Guardian – No evidence of sugar substitutes’ health benefits, finds study

Sarah Boseley ; https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/02/no-evidence-of-sugar-substitutes-health-benefits-finds-study?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Low-calorie and artificial sweeteners, increasingly added to drinks and food as the industry responds to pressure to cut sugar, may not help people lose weight and there is not enough evidence on their safety, according to a major new review.”

“  The review, carried out by Cochrane – a British medical research charity – aims to provide evidence for the World Health Organization, which is preparing guidance on what it calls “non-sugar sweeteners” or NSSs – a term that includes artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and low or no-calorie natural alternatives such as stevia. “No evidence was seen for health benefits from NSSs and potential harms could not be excluded,” says the review, published in the British Medical Journal, which calls for better-quality research to be done….”

See also BMJ NewsNon-sugar sweeteners: lack of evidence that they help to control weight

BMJ EditorialNon-sugar sweeteners and health

The BMJ study –  Association between intake of non-sugar sweeteners and health outcomes

This study found no compelling evidence to indicate important health benefits of non-sugar sweetener use on a range of health outcomes.”

WHO Bulletin – Finance, data and technology initiatives for noncommunicable disease control

M T Koivusalo ; https://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/18-220558.pdf?ua=1

Initiatives on finance, data and technology could provide new opportunities for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases because they offer resources, insights from data and new monitoring means. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) independent high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases discusses the potential of these initiatives in the report Time to deliver, and suggests incorporating them in the commission’s future working agenda. Potential opportunities and future applications from innovative financing and public–private partnerships, data and digitalization for health have political appeal. However, the public value and relevance of these new opportunities for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases require further scrutiny to ensure equity in access and distribution of resources as well as long-term financial sustainability of health systems. Here I discuss why we should also focus on analysing the risks of finance, data and technology initiatives. Such analysis requires looking into the implications of these initiatives on national policies and determining how they relate to the global norms and policy measures on control of noncommunicable diseases….”


And a quick link:

Mail & GuardianWorld Cup host Qatar to introduce 100% booze tax

World Cup 2022 host Qatar is to introduce a 100% percent tax on alcohol from January 1, a government official confirmed on Monday. The “sin” tax is being introduced just weeks after the conservative Muslim Gulf state announced in its annual budget statement that it would introduce a levy on “health-damaging goods”….”


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