Sugary Beverages Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
Eleven Clinical Studies
After eleven clinical studies and 300,000 participants, researcher Vasanti Malik and her team of researchers analyzed the data from all eleven studies. Some of the participants had been followed anywhere from four to twenty years in these studies. Eight of the studies they analyzed contained the data of people who had a high risk of developing diabetes either has a result of genetics or lifestyle. The remaining three studies where information collected from people who were at risk for metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes.
How the Researchers Came to Their Conclusion
The researchers compared people who drank one to two sweetened soft drinks, fruit drinks, iced tea, energy drinks, or vitamin water every day with people who had one or no sweetened beverage over the course of a month to see which group was more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Statement from diabetes news.
Evidence of the Link to Diabetes
Vasanti Malik and her team discovered the following information. Out of the original 300,000 participants about 15,000 people were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and about 5,800 had metabolic syndrome. People who drank the most sugar-sweetened beverages had a 26 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes and a 20 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome.