Study: Sugary Drinks Raise Diabetes RiskMonday, March 08, 2010
Study: Sugary Drinks Raise Diabetes Risk
By Mike Boyle
While this will likely not come as a huge surprise to the masses, it is sobering none the less that a new study says an increased consumption of sugary drinks is a major cause for the increase in the number of diabetes and heart disease cases.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that sweetened soft and sports drinks, and fruit cocktails result in an increased diabetes risk as they do not contain wholesome fruit and account for 120 to 200 calories on an average, therefore, leading to a growing obesity rate.
Lead study researcher, Dr. Litsa Lambrakos of the University of California, said, "We can demonstrate an association between daily consumption of sugared beverages and diabetes risk. We can then translate this information into estimates of the current diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can be attributed to the rise in consumption of these drinks."
As for details of the study, the research team evaluated the data between 1990 and 2000 to mark the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and their effects on adults, aged 35 and over.
After reviewing the records, the researchers found that an increased rate of heart diseases was attributable to increased diabetes occurrences.
The records also revealed that during the past decade, there were 130,000 fresh diabetes cases, 14,000 new cases of coronary heart diseases, and 50,000 life-years vulnerable with coronary heart diseases in the U.S., all owing to the consumption of sugared drinks.