Sugary Drinks Raise Diabetes Risk
Sugary drinks alone may be to blame for about 1.8 million cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States. Based on 17 studies involving more than 38,000 people who developed type 2 diabetes over an average of 10 years, researchers calculated that the risk for type 2 diabetes increases by about 13 percent per average serving (about 8½ ounces) of sugary drinks per day, even after accounting for obesity. (The study didn’t, however, prove cause and effect.) Over half of the U.S. population regularly consumes sugar-sweetened drinks, so there’s plenty of opportunity for improvement.
Source: BMJ, published online July 21, 2015