Replacing One Serving of Sweetened Beverage per Day with Unsweetened Tea or Water Reduces Risk of Type II Diabetes: Study

Published By : 08 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

For every 5 per cent rise in an individual’s total intake of energy provided by sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, the risk of getting type II diabetes may rise by 18 per cent, states a new research published by Springer in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

The study published in Diabetologia, however, also indicates that switching a person’s daily intake of one serving of a sweetened drink with unsweetened coffee or tea or even just water can reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes by 14 per cent to 25 per cent.

The foundation of the research is the large EPIC Norfolk study that included over 25,000 women and men between the age of 40 and 79 years, residing in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Participants of the study put to record everything that the drank and ate for seven straight days including weekend days and weekdays. Special attention was given to type of consumption, amount of consumption, and frequency of consumption. What was also taken into consideration was whether or not sugar was added to the food and drinks by the participants. During a follow up of approximately 11 years, 847 participants of the study were diagnosed with the onset of type II diabetes.

Dr Nita Forouhi, lead scientist from the University of Cambridge’s UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, says that by making use of the detailed dietary examination with the help of a food journal, researchers were able to assess many different types of sugary drinks, including sweetened tea or coffee, sugar sweetened soft drinks, sweetened milk drinks, fruit juice, and artificially sweetened drinks. The researchers were also able to analyze what would happen if unsweetened tea or coffee, water, or unsweetened artificially sweetened beverages replaced sugary drinks. 
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