Soft drinks increase diabetes risk says report

| 10/01/2011

(HIVE): A new research study has quantified the risk of developing diabetes associated with consuming soft drinks and sugar-sweetened drinks. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston published the results of their meta-analysis or review study in the journal, Diabetes Care. What they found was that individuals who typically consume 1-2 servings per day had a 26 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than 1 serving per month.

Though regular consumption of these beverages has already been associated with weight gain and an increased risk of obesity the role of sugar-sweetened drinks in the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes has not been previously quantified.

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