Put down that soda: It may very well be killing you. Increased sugar consumption, especially all those tasty sodas, have been found to increase the risk of diabetes, according to a new study.
A study published in the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with higher rates of diabetes by using “econometric models of repeated cross-sectional data on diabetes and nutritional components of food from 175 countries.”
The study says that, with respect to sugar, “no other food types yielded significant individual associations with diabetes prevalence after controlling for obesity and other confounders … Differences in sugar availability statistically explain variations in diabetes prevalence rates at a population level that are not explained by physical activity, overweight or obesity.”
Across all 175 countries, the study found that as little as a single can of soda per day results in a 1.1 percent higher level of Type 2 diabetes.
Rob Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco, said, “You could not enact a real-world study that would be more conclusive than this one … This study is proof enough that sugar is toxic. Now it’s time to do something about it.”
The study took factors like poverty, aging, obesity, urbanization, and physical activity into account, according to The Epoch Times.
It’s now up to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to re-evaluate its stance on sugar and develop a more reasonable recommended daily value for sugar. It’s possible that in the near future sugar consumption will not be “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA.
The American Beverage Association (ABA), according to the New York Daily News, had this to say about the study:
“This study does not show — or even attempt to show — that consuming sugar causes diabetes … The study’s conclusions on sugar and diabetes should be viewed cautiously given that the underlying model failed to consider the potential impact of solid fats — such as butter, cheese and lard — or factor for family history.”
Regardless of what the ABA said, the only facts provided were those from the PLoS One study which clearly indicated a correlation between sugar consumption and diabetes.
So what should you take away from this? Sugar consumption is indeed toxic. Plain and simple.