Diabetes Risk Lowered By Switching From Drinks To Water
Doctors have long warned as to the effects that sweet carbonated drinks can have on increasing the risk of developing diabetes. Now, a new study has further confirmed their beliefs.
The research was carried out by scientists at Harvard University in conjunction with the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR).
Researchers confirmed that when an individual replaced carbonated sweet drinks with water, not only did their chance of developing type 2 diabetes decrease by 7 percent, but they also put on less weight. They also determined that the individuals were at a reduced risk of contracting heart disease.
Frank Hu, who is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, resonated his belief in the results.
“There is convincing evidence that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased risk of obesity and diabetes, and emerging evidence that these beverages increase the risk for heart disease,” said Hu.
Hu added: “To reduce the risk of obesity and cardiometabolic diseases, it is important to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and replace them with healthier choices such as water and unsweetened tea or coffee.”
This study, which is the latest of many, comes on the heels of recent statements released by the National Health Service. Their estimates are that 2.8 million people living in the UK currently suffer from type 2 diabetes and that there is believed to be approximately 26 million individuals living there who are considered obese by the year 2030.