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Soda increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

As if overweight and obesity are not reasons enough, a study has found that soda intake can significantly add to diabetes risk. According to the findings of the Singapore Chinese Health Study, type 2 diabetes risk is raised, by as much as 40 percent, among soda consumers.

Professor Koh Woon Puay of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, explained that compared to those who rarely consume soda, those who consume two or more servings of soda per week are 30-40 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The study, conducted by Chinese scientists and involving 61,000 ethnic Chinese patients/respondents, also found that most of the soda consumers were men. Moreover, these men were found to have higher body mass index, and sedentary lifestyles.

In people suffering from overweight and obesity, which are critical factors in increasing diabetes risk, soda consumption can make the risks go higher. Shying away from soda, following a nutritionist-advised diet regimen, and living a more active lifestyle are generally recommended.

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