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May 25, 2013

Sugary drinks drastically raise risk of diabetes

It’s long been known that the consumption of too many sugary foods can inhibit your body’s ability to process all that glucose correctly. Over time, this can lead to the development of diabetes. However, new evidence says that sugary drinks can speed up this process to a dangerous degree. In fact, researchers found that “drinking just one can of sugar-laced soda drink a day increases the risk of developing diabetes by more than a fifth.

The study looked at data gathered from 350,000 people in eight European countries. The results were semi-terrifying: “every extra 12 fluid ounce serving of sugar-sweetened drink raises the risk of diabetes by 22 percent compared with drinking just one can a month or less.” A can of pop is one 12-fluid-ounce serving.

Type 2 diabetes is a variation of diabetes that people are not born with; they develop it later in life. In recent years, incidences of Type 2 diabetes have been on an exponential rise and it now affects over 310 million people worldwide. It is characterized by the body developing a resistance to insulin, which is the compound that the body secretes to break down and absorb glucose correctly.

Similar studies on the link between Type 2 diabetes and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption have been done in the United States as well, with the same results. These staggering statistics prompted Dora Romagueara, the author of the European study, to say, “Give the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks should be given to the population.”


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