The study was able to find an association between the two, while the researchers cautioned that they cannot prove soda will cause Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers found that people who drank one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soda per day were 18 percent more likely to contract Type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t drink any soda. They also discovered that soda-drinkers who have two per day are 18 percent more likely to have a stroke than those who drank one.
Finally, those who drank three sodas per day had the same risk increase from those who had two. The results showing a link between soda and diabetes even held when researchers took into account risk factors for the disease, like age, physical activity levels, body mass index, and total daily calorie intake.
The study’s findings reflect earlier ones in the United States, which also linked soda consumption to Type 2 diabetes. But the new study, done in Europe, cannot prove the link, it merely found an association. This is because there may be other factors that the study did not take into account.
Also, participants were only questioned about their diet at the start of the study. It is possible that they changed their diets over time. The study took place over 15 years and included over 27,000 people from seven European countries. During that time, 40 percent of participants developed Type 2 diabetes.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sweetened drinks are the largest source of empty calories and processed sugar both in the United States and in Europe. Because of this, soft drinks have been pegged as a major contributor to many diseases, including diabetes. Jayson Calton, co-author of Rich Food, Poor Food, a book explaining hidden dangers in food and beverages, stated:
“Aside from sugar, there are nine other potentially dangerous ingredients in soda, including carcinogenic artificial colors and phosphoric acid, which can contribute to everything from obesity to cancer to the depletion of micronutrients essential for strong bones.”
Has the new study showing a link between soda and diabetes made you reconsider consuming soft drinks?
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