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Did you know that the risk of Type 2 Diabetes doubles if you drink more than two soft drinks a day?

Did you know that the risk of Type 2 Diabetes doubles if you drink more than two soft drinks a day?
Posted on February 12, 2017
Archive : February 2017
Category : Blog

Researchers have found in a study of more than 2,800 adults, drinking at least two 200ml soft drinks sweetened with either sugar OR artificial sweeteners each day resulted in being twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

We have heard previously that drinking soft drinks with sugar in them is not only bad for your teeth and weight but also increases your risk of developing diabetes. The natural assumption of most people would be to drink artificially sweetened drinks instead, thus reducing their calorie intake, reducing the risk to teeth and diabetes risk.

This study however showed that this shift to artificially sweetened drinks will not reduce that risk at all.

They looked the rate of developing both Type 2 diabetes and LADA which is a sub group of Type 1 diabetes which takes longer to develop and presents itself generally between the ages of 30-50.

The consumption of at least 2 x 200ml’s of soft drinks either sweetened with sugar or sweeteners resulted in a 2.4 times more likely to develop Type 2 and twice as likely to develop LADA, compared to those people that drank less than 2 soft drinks a day.

If the person drank more than 5 a day this risk shot up to 10.5 times as likely to develop Type 2 and 3.5 times as likely to develop LADA.

This statistic is quite shocking and demonstrates a very simple way of adjusting your diet to reduce your chances of developing diabetes if you drink soft drinks regularly.

You are probably asking why this can be? There is no sugar in the artificially sweetened drink?

Löfvenborg (who ran the study in Sweden) admitted she was “somewhat surprised” at the results but suggested there may be a few reasons why this is the case.

One could be that drinking diet soft drinks may stimulate the appetite, therefore making us eat more, especially sweet/sugary foods. This could lead to us being overweight which is, a risk factor for developing diabetes.

"Another one is that artificial sweeteners may negatively affect the balance of 'good' and 'bad' species of microbes in the gut, which could lead to glucose intolerance."

However, she did say that what may be happening is that people who are overweight have swapped to drinking diet drinks rather than sugary ones to try and lose weight. This would then indicate that the results were based on previous high consumption of sugary drinks, not current.

There is obviously much more work to be done to confirm the reasons behind the results of this study in terms of the diet drinks.

However, the safest thing to do is to reduce, or cut out your soft drink intake from your diet. For advice on how to do this, read a previous article “Healthy Alternatives to High Sugar Juices and Fizzy drinks. Good for all, diabetic or not!which was posted on the 25 May 2016.

The article that this was taken from was posted in the MNT on Friday 21 October 2016 by Honor Whiteman. Click here to see the whole piece.

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