According to diabetes news, drinking sugar-sweetened drinks regularly before pregnancy could increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes . The research was conducted by experts at the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Public Health alongside expets from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health.
Some 13,475 women from the Nurses’ Health Study were followed over a ten year period. Known risk factors were adjusted for, including age, diabetes history, exercise, smoking, alcohol, BMI, diet, intake of sugary beverages were all included.
Liwei Chen was reported as commenting: “Compared with women who consumed less than 1 serving per month, those who consumed more than 5 servings per week of sugar-sweetened cola had a 22 percent greater GDM risk.”

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