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Diet Softdrinks linked to Type 2 Diabetes

If you think diet beverages are better than regular colas, think again. A new France-based study showed that diet or “light” versions of softdrinks may put drinkers at a considerably higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that individuals who consume diet softdrinks regularly are more likely to develop the disease, compared to those who drink the regular version.

Around 66,000 middle-aged French women were quizzed about their softdrink consumption habits. They were followed up by experts from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in France for 14 years.

The group discovered that women who either drank regular or diet colas had a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes, compared to those who drank unsweetened fruit juice.

The report also showed that the chances of developing type 2 diabetes was even greater in women who drank diet softdrinks. It was 15 percent higher for those consuming 500 mL/ week, and 59 percent higher for consumptions of 1.5 liters/week.

Factors for the study include women’s age and body size. The researchers however said that the study was limited, because it did not take into proper account eating habits which may have changed.

“We cannot rule out that factors other than ASB (artificially sweetened beverages) are responsible for the association with diabetes,” they said.

Studies of sweet drinks especially those with regular sugar have been linked to high risk of diabetes over the years but this is the first study to be associated with diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners.

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