Replacing just one sugary drink can cut type 2 diabetes risk

1 May 2015

A new study has found that swapping just one sugary drink a day for water can reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

For each five per cent increase of a person's total energy intake provided by sweet drinks including soft drinks, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can increase by up to 18 per cent.

The research, published in Diabetologia, estimates that replacing the daily consumption of one serving of a sugary drink with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14 and 25 per cent.

The team looked at the EPIC-Norfolk study to form their findings, which included more than 25,000 men and women between the ages of 40 and 79 living in Norfolk, UK. Participants were asked to record everything they ate and drank for seven consecutive days.

During approximately 11 years of follow-up, 847 of those included in the study were diagnosed with new-onset type 2 diabetes.

Lead scientist Dr Nita Forouhi, of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge said the good news is that the study offers practical suggestions for healthy alternative drinks for the prevention of diabetes.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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