Just one soft drink consumed daily can raise the risk of diabetes by 22 percent, a study showed.
A mere 12 ounces serving size of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day may increase the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, according to a study published today by Diabetologia.
The study, led by Dora Romaguera, Petra Wark and Teresa Norat, researchers at the Imperial College in London, adds to a growing body of evidence that sugar intake has an impact both on weight gain and diabetes. This has been fueling a debate over public policy aimed at curbing the obesity epidemic and related diseases, including New York City’s decision to restrict sales of large-sized sugary soft drinks.
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, on the rise in Europe, induces rapid spikes in blood sugar levels and in insulin secretion, leading to insulin resistance, one of mechanisms which causes diabetes, according to the authors of the study published on Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
“It’s alarming,” Romaguera said in a phone interview yesterday. “Most people are not really aware of the dangers of these drinks.”