Sweet Drinks Pose Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Published By : 04 May 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Replacing sweet soft drinks with water or even unsweetened coffee and tea can minimize the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by nearly a quarter, claims a new study. 

The study shows that for every 5 per cent rise in an individual’s overall energy intake which has been provided by sweet beverages such as soft drinks, the chance of developing type 2 diabetes goes up by an alarming 18 per cent. 

However, the findings also indicate that by swapping one’s daily intake of one serving of sweetened beverage either with water or unsweetened coffee or tea can reduce the risk of getting diabetes by 14 per cent to 25 per cent.

The research was conducted by the Epidemiology Unit of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) at the University of Cambridge and included over 25,000 women and men between the ages of 40 years and 79 years, living in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

The participants of the study kept a record of everything that they drank and ate for seven straight days including weekdays as well as weekend days. Special attention was given to type, frequency, and amount of consumption and whether or not sugar was added. During an estimated 11 years of thorough follow up, it was found that 847 participants of the study were diagnosed with early onset type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers concluded that there as an estimated 22 per cent higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes with every extra serving per day of sweetened milk beverages, soft drinks, and artificially sweetened drinks. However, the researchers also found that the consumption of sweetened coffee or tea and fruit juice was not connected to the development of diabetes.
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