New research from the United States has revealed that women who drink only a couple of sugary drinks each day face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart problems.
The study examined the effects of two or more fizzy drinks or flavoured waters per day on middle aged and older women compared with those who drank less than that over a five-year period. It was shown that women in the group that drank more sugary drinks were at an almost four times higher risk of developing high levels of triglyceride blood fats, as well as being more likely to badly manage their blood sugar levels – which raises their chances of developing diabetes – and also increased the size of their waistline. However, these findings were not seen in men.
Christina Shay, from the University of Oklahoma who led the research project, commented “Women who drank more than two sugar-sweetened drinks a day had increasing waist sizes, but weren’t necessarily gaining weight.”
She added “These women also developed high triglycerides and women with normal blood glucose levels more frequently went from having a low risk to a high risk of developing diabetes over time.”
It is believed that women may be at a greater risk from sweetened beverages because they need less calories than men, so that each calorie consumed could count more towards heart problems.

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