New Research on Sugary Sodas

May 02, 2013

A recent study published in the April 24 issue of the journal Diabetologia analysed data from more than 28,000 people throughout Europe and found that drinking just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22 percent. I's very important to note that  the increased risk of developing diabetes associated with having one sugar-sweetened soft drink per day fell to 18 percent when the investigators took into account people's total calorie intake and body-mass index (BMI), the measurement of body fat based on height and weight. This supports the supposition that both total calorie intake and BMI play a role in the link between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diabetes risk. However, the fact that diabetes risk was reduced only a small amount when both factors were taken into account may show that the effect of sugar-sweetened soft drinks on diabetes is greater than the impact on body weight. This supports previous research showing that North Americans who consume sugar-sweetened sodas have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes. The report also found that drinking pure or diluted fruit juice is not significantly associated with diabetes risk.

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