Soft drinks could increase type 2 diabetes risk by 40 per cent

Sat, 27 Feb 2010
According to recent research, soft drinks could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 40%. The study, conducted by Singapore scientists, found that drinking two or more soft drinks each week could strongly increase the risk of developing diabetes . The study was conducted on 61,000 ethnic Chinese people.

The findings were gleaned from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, but have global significance. Diet and exercise play a critical role in diabetes risk, with people who are overweight or obese facing a much greater risk of developing diabetes . Associate Professor Koh Woon Puay of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine reportedly said: "They are 30 to 40 per cent more likely to contract diabetes compared to those who rarely consumed them."

The study did not, unfortunately, draw a difference between 100 per cent juice and cordial. Most regular soft drink consumers were men with higher body mass index and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
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