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New research conducted in Turkey has revealed that children’s consumption of one cup (250 milliliters) of sugar sweetened beverages per week harms the brain.

In a study conducted children aged 6-12 years, it was found that the brain function of children who consumed 1 cup of sugary drinks was affected by 30 percent, and the brain function of children who consumed 2 cups was affected by 60 percent.

Turkey Medicals member and hospital department head Associate Cardiologist who provides detailed information about the research. Dr. made important warnings to the families, stating that as these amounts increase, a worse picture emerges.


Recently, it has been noted that children’s consumption of sugary drinks has become frequent, Assoc. Dr. spoke as follows:

– We mean carbonated drinks and cold teas from drinks sweetened with sugar. We don’t mean juices.

– Because fruit juices already contain sugar. Sugar-sweetened drinks per week, 250 ml (one cup) at a rate of consuming children’s problem-solving capacity, memory capacity, preparedness, capacity and brain functions such as starting a business that evaluated tests, gave significantly lower scores than children who do not consume any of these drinks.

– In other words, the higher the amount, the greater the risk of negative effects on children’s brain function.

– The brain functions of those who consume 250 milliliters (1 cup) of sweetened beverages are impaired by 30 percent, and those who consume 500 milliliters (2 cups) have impaired brain function by 60 percent. In summary, sugar seriously affects the brain functions of children.


An Assoc. who noted that the heart of a child at the very beginning of his life has not been damaged by sugar. Doctor said, “But today we have started to see more Type 2 diabetes in children than we have ever seen before. When the child comes across, we know that he has Type 1 diabetes. Because we actually know that this is the pancreas’s own problem. So this type of diabetes is not a nutritional or weight-related condition. Another child comes in, we say, ‘it’s probably Type 1 diabetes’. Then we investigate and find out that he has Type 2 diabetes. under the age of 18, he has a serious nutritional disorder and diabetes, which is completely related to obesity. Actually, it’s not just about sugary drinks either. For example, there is actually no sugar in the juice. It has its own sugar content. But we define it as ‘harmful’ because even the fruit sugar in it is dense,” he said.

Associate Turkish Doctor continued his remarks as follows:

– When we go to a restaurant or restaurant chain, most of the food we eat there contains high levels of acrylamide.

– Acrylamide also seriously damages the pancreas. We have also started to encounter some disorders such as metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance in children of primary school age or under the age of 18.

– But it is unlikely to see cardiovascular diseases associated with nutrition in children. We usually see these problems at the age of 40 and later.

– But this is also a fairly young age. If we see it before the age of 40, there is a second risk factor. We can list these factors as familial problems, blood pressure disease, cigarette consumption.


Assoc., who stated that attention should be paid to the children’s eating patterns and preferred drinks. Dr. For sure, he made the following recommendations to the families:

– It is necessary to pay attention to the lunchbox. Does the child necessarily want to consume cold drinks?

– He can drink such drinks as plain soda, water, buttermilk, kefir. The greater the amount of substance contained in the label, the greater the risk.

– A child should never consume energy drinks. There is not only caffeine in it, but also many stimulating substances.

– Likewise, he should not consume fruit juice constantly. Once a year once a month, he can drink juice when going to a restaurant or in case of a family event.

– Normally, while the fruit is quite useful, it contains a high content of fiber and many vitamins, it loses all its fibers when it becomes juice.

– We should not expect a vitamin from the juice. Our main concern here is that it contains fructose, even if no sugar has been added to it.

– The body quickly turns into fructose. It poses a great risk to the liver. When we take it from the fruit, it is slower to enter the blood because it has a fibrous structure.


Assoc., who said that sugar causes more harm to the body than fat. Dr. said, “If you say that fat or sugar is more harmful for our body in terms of fatness, I can say that sugar is more harmful. The fats we consume, especially olive oil, delay lubrication. Fat consumption suppresses the production of fat in the body. But sugar is an oxidant. In the body, it very quickly turns into fat and brown adipose tissue. It accumulates around the organs and is risky for cardiovascular disease,” he concluded.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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