Think before you grab your can of soda today!
Drinking one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22%, a new study from Europe suggests. The results corroborate research conducted in North American populations.
Mounting evidence that one can a day ups diabetes risk by a fifth.
The findings, from a study by Dr Dora Romaguera Imperial College London, UK and colleagues, are published online in Diabetologia April 24, 2013 . They used the longitudinal European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition EPIC study to evaluate ties between intake of sweet beverages juices and nectars, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, and artificially sweetened soft drinks and type 2 diabetes. They established a case-cohort design comprising 12 403 incident type 2 diabetes cases and a random subcohort of 16 154 individuals.
One 12-oz daily increment in sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft-drink consumption was associated with the development of type 2 diabetes hazard ratios [HRs] 1.22 and 1.52, respectively. Juice and nectar consumption was not associated with type 2 diabetes incidence.
A recent study from France found a link between drinking diet soda and regular soda and increased risk for type 2 diabetes in women.
Dr Rachel K Johnson University of Vermont, Burlington said the findings of this paper are “important because they come from a well-designed, prospective research trial conducted in a large sample of Europeans who were healthy at the beginning of the study. [This] enabled the researchers to determine the association between . . . different types of sweet beverages and the incidence of diabetes in a European population with a wide range of consumption.”This study is yet another nail in the coffin for sugar-sweetened beverages.
The American Heart Association recommends that you consume no more than 450 calories 36 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages a week,”