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More Research Links Sugary Drinks with Type 2 Diabetes

Despite Coca-Cola’s new effort to shift the blame for obesity away from bad diets, now there’s more evidence that shows continued consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages leads to a greater likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.

An international team of researchers set out to assess whether habitual consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, or fruit juice was associated with the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

They conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 17 studies to estimate the 10-year risk attributable to sugar-sweetened drinks in the US and UK.

2 Million New Cases of Diabetes in US from Sugary Beverages

The researchers estimated that 2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes would occur in the US and 80,000 new cases in the UK between 2010 and 2020 related to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

After adjustments for body weight, even for thin or normal weight persons, 1 sugary drink per day was associated with a 13% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

The association between artificially sweetened drinks or fruit juice and type 2 diabetes was less evident.

The researchers suggested that substituting sugar-sweetened drinks with artificially sweetened drinks or fruit juice is unlikely to be the best strategy in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

So what drink should you choose?

Water or other unsweetened beverages are the better options.