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More Evidence Linking Sugared Drinks to Diabetes

May 1, 2015
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New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch
By Larry Husten
Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS
A study in Diabetologia uncovers new details about the association between sugary drinks and diabetes.
U.K. researchers followed more than 25,000 adults for over 10 years. During the study, 850 participants developed diabetes. The study used dietary information obtained from 7-day food diaries completed by study participants.
Overall, each 5% increase in the amount of calories consumed from sweetened beverages was associated with an 18% increase in diabetes incidence.
Per serving, soft drinks, sweetened-milk beverages, and artificially sweetened beverages were all associated with a greater than 20% increase in diabetes. However, the association with artificially sweetened beverages lost statistical significance when the researchers took into account people’s weight.
Replacing soft drinks and sweetened-milk drinks with water or unsweetened tea or coffee would significantly cut the rate of diabetes, the authors calculated.

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