Soft, Fruit Drinks Increase Diabetes Risk

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Soft Drinks and Diabetes

Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center found that soft drinks and sugared fruit drinks double the risk for African-American women.

Researchers questioned 59,000 participants from Black Women's Health Study about 'height, weight, demographic characteristics, medical history, usual diet and other factors affecting diabetes risk. Participants were asked to fill similar questionnaires every two years.


During the first ten years of the study there were 2713 participants who developed Type 2 diabetes. Those regularly consuming soft drinks (two or more units a day) were 24% more likely to develop the disease, than those consuming less than one unit of drink a day. Sweetened fruit drinks increase the risk of diabetes by 31%.

African-American women are found to have twice as higher risk for suffering from Type 2 diabetes and the main reasons for it was considered to be obesity and family history. This study suggests that there is one more factor increasing the risk in black women: soft drinks and sweetened fruit drinks. Health officials have warned enough times that these drinks carry health risk, but public still ignores the message.

Type 2 diabetes occurs in people who are unable either to produce insulin, or to use it correctly. Type 2 diabetes accounts from 90% to 95% of all cases. These people usually have abnormal blood sugar levels and need to regularly use insulin and medications, exercise a lot and maintain healthy diet.

Type 2 diabetes is the main cause of increasing mortality rates in US, and the rates still increase. Previously, mainly older people were suffering from the disease, but now there are more and more younger people using insulin.


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It is good to know that soft and fruit drinks increase the risk to develop diabetes as some people may have the wrong notion that fruit drinks are healthy foods. This is quite a study as it involved 59,000 women and is a longitudinal study at that. Thank you for this for I will be able to spread this word around.