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Softdrinks and Diabetes

Posted on September 6, 2021 | No Comments on Softdrinks and Diabetes

Question: Can taking soft drinks everyday cause diabetes?

The case against soft drinks just got stronger. A recent review in the American Journal of Public Health linked intake of full calorie soft dinks with type 2 diabetes. The authors reviewed 88 studies and revealed clear associations between consumption of nondiet soft drinks and increased calorie intake, body weight, dental caries, and diabetes. The studies showed that as people drink more soda, the number of calories they consume increases. These beverages may stimulate appetite or suppress satiety. The article also demonstrated an association between soft drink consumption and lower intake of milk, calcium, fruit and fiber.

The most striking link was between soft drink consumption and the incidence of type 2 diabetes. In a study of 91,249 women followed for eight years, those who consumed one or more servings of soft drink per day were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those who consumed less than one serving per month. When diet soft drinks replaced sugar-sweetened soft drinks in the analysis, the increased risk was no longer present. This suggests that the risk for diabetes was specific to sugar-sweetened soft drinks.

The fact that soft drinks offer energy with little accompanying nutrition, even displacing other nutrient sources, and are linked to untoward health conditions such as diabetes, are enough reasons to recommend a reduction in soft drink consumption.

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