-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking just one
12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 percent, a European study
The finding is based on an analysis of data collected from more
than 28,000 people in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the
Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The increased risk of developing diabetes associated with having
one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day fell to 18 percent when the
investigators took into account people's total calorie intake and
body-mass index (BMI), a measurement of body fat based on height
Both total calorie intake and BMI are believed to play a role in
the link between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diabetes risk. The
fact that diabetes risk fell only slightly when these two factors
were taken into account could indicate that the effect of
sugar-sweetened soft drinks on diabetes goes beyond their impact on
body weight, said Dora Romaguera, of the Imperial College London,
The findings are published in the April 24 issue of the journal
The study found an association between consumption of
sugar-sweetened soft drinks and heightened risk of type 2 diabetes.
It did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
Consumption of pure or diluted fruit juice was not significantly
associated with diabetes risk, according to the report.
The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who
drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research
showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages
have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said
in a journal news release.
"Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks should be given to the population," Romaguera said.
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
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