May 02, 2013A 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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