Sugary Drinks Increase Risk For Metabolic Syndrome And Type 2 Diabetes
November 10, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Individuals could consider reducing their soda intake to improve their health. Recently, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health discovered that soda and other sugary beverages play a key role in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of conditions that include high blood pressure and the risk of coronary artery disease.
Vasanti Malik, lead author of the study, said that, although previous studies have shown that there is a connection between sugary beverages and diabetes, the new findings provide "an overall picture of the magnitude of the risk and the consistency of the evidence."
The researchers discovered that drinking one to two sugary beverages each day increased the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent compared to those who consumed less than one of these drinks per month. The risk for metabolic syndrome increased by 20 percent under these same conditions. Drinking one 12-ounce serving of a sugary beverage per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by approximately 15 percent.
As a result, the scientists suggested that reducing the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks will likely decrease the risk for developing conditions like metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Malik said that people should replace sugary beverages like soda with healthy alternatives like water.