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Could your soft drink habit give you diabetes?

A new study shows that drinking one can of a sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of diabetes by a fifth.
Apr 25th 2013, 10:33 AM 10,470 40

DO YOU DRINK a can – or more – of soft drink a day?

If so, you could be shocked to hear that your daily soft drink habit could be bad for your health.

Imperial College London reports that a new study published in Diabetologia, led by Dr Dora Romaguera at Imperial College London and researchers from the InterAct consortium, shows that your risk of contracting diabetes could rise according to how many soft drinks you consume.

The researchers looked at people’s consumption of juices, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks – and found that each 336ml sugar-sweetened soft drink, which is roughly the equivalent to one can, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

People who drank more soft drinks that were artificially-sweetened were also at risk of type 2 diabetes.

However, drinking pure fruit juice, or diluted juices, wasn’t associated with diabetes risk.

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