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Sugary Drinks Increase Risk For Metabolic Syndrome And Type 2 Diabetes

November 10, 2010 by  

Sugary drinks increase risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetesIndividuals 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.

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  • Dan az

    Well I think they might have made a point there. They really didnt learn a thing at haaavard I have type 2 and I dont drink the crap maybe its all that good plant killer that they sprayed us with in nam that might have more to do with it.Like passing it on to the next generation that does like the sugary drinks.Genes are kinda funny like that.Oh and dont get me started on those sweet and low sugars that where so good for ya either.

    • Tony

      I had type 2 diabetes also even though I did not drink sugary beverages. It was actually caused by Vitamin D deficiency that I corrected by taking vitamin D supplements and cured my type 2 diabetes within 4 days.

  • Joseph C Moore, USN Ret

    My children, now in their early 40′s, were deprived of soda with meals (by me). I always had them drink milk or real juice instead. With ultra-pasteurization and added fructose now, even those are not healthy choices. Ultra pasteurization destroys or makes unavailable most of the nutrients in milk. High fructose corn syrup, contrary to the present advertising blitz, is NOT the same as pure sugar. It is the leading cause of the present day epidemic of overweight and diabetes. The ONLY path back to health is NOT DRUGS but, organic foods. Money is the reason for the exploding drug and immunization policies pushed by the FDA. Our health is being held ransom by Greedy Idiots in government running our lives. REBEL! Our congressmen are OUR elected representatives. The key word here is representatives. Hold their feet to the fire and make the REPRESENT US or lose their seats in congress.

  • Pam

    I have metabolic symdrome and I haven’t had a sugary soft drink for 10 -15 years. I also do not have anyone in my family that has diabetes and I am not obese.

  • Jim Gam

    Overlooked, a very important additive ‘excitotoxins’ to the sugary drinks could be causing the diseases mentioned. The excitotoxins come under names like “citric acid” (made from corn and black mold), “Maltodextrin” (found in Splenda), “Carragenan” (found in low-fat foods and ice cream), etc. A splendid book, “Excitotins – The Taste That Kills”, by Doctor Russell L. Blaylock (Neurosurgeon), ties ‘excitotoxins’ to many of the ills reported and why people can’t lose weight no matter how much they excercise. A first gander can be had by searching the web for articles about ‘excitotoxin’, ‘TruthInLabeling’, etc.


    Diabetes has been plaguing mankind every since the greeks gave it a name and mankinds population was only a few million people on the face of this planet. We still haven’t paid enough attention to cause and effect but we have consumed in excess and are the most well fed species on the face of the earth, we do not believe in moderation and denial or practice moderation well enough and as our population grows and we practice the same habits and do not develop preventatives, diabetes will continue to grow and plague the human population.

    • coal miner


      Type2 is new,its man made.

  • DavidL

    In addition to health education and responsible parenting, tax the heck out of sugary drinks, like we are doing with tobacco, and drive down the consumption.

  • Tony

    Its the High Fructose Corns Syrup aka corn sugar which causes many other issues besides diabetes.

  • Jim Gam

    I immediately lost 10 pounds by eliminating all ‘excitotoxins’ from my diet, including the “Hidden Excitotoxins” which includes “Hidden MSG under at least 40 different names,” requiring that I closely read the ingredients list on all cans, bottles and packages !!

    And my wife was able to reduce her Diabetes Medication.

    Search Web Sites for ‘excitotoxin’, ‘TruthInLabeling’, ‘MSG’.

  • coal miner

    Jim Gam,

    Very Good,I like your research.

  • coal miner


    There is an increase in type2 diabetes, in cats and dogs. Food additives are the blame,according to some sources.…

    • coal miner…

  • coal miner

    This is an article of interest:

    Diabetes mellitus strikes 1 in 400 cats and a similar number of dogs, though recent veterinary studies:
    Fat Cats Facing Diabetes Epidemic, The Guardian, August 7 2007,
    Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2007) 9, 289e299 doi:10.1016/j.jfms.2007.02.001
    Feline Diabetes is Nutrition Key, Vet Tech Blog, Feb 2006.
    note that diabetes is becoming more common lately in cats.

    Symptoms in dogs and cats are similar to those in humans. Generally, most dogs and about 5-20% of cats experience type-1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, rather than the type-2 that’s now becoming common in obese humans. The other 80-95% of cats experience type-2 diabetes.

    Canine and Feline Diabetes Mellitus: Nature or Nurture?, J. Rand et al. The condition is definitely treatable, and need not shorten the animal’s life span or life quality. In type-2 cats, prompt effective treatment can even lead to diabetic remission, in which the cat no longer needs injected insulin. Untreated, the condition leads to blindness in dogs, increasingly weak legs in cats, and eventually malnutrition, ketoacidosis and/or dehydration, and death.

    Insulin injections
    Neuropathy in cats
    Blindness in dogs
    Dosage and regulation
    Blood sugar guidelines
    Detecting and avoiding chronic somogyi rebound
    Hypoglycemic episode
    Remission in cats

    Cats and dogs will generally show a gradual onset of the disease over a few weeks, and it may escape notice for a while. The condition is unusual in cats less than seven years old, though younger dogs are more susceptible to Type-1 diabetes. The first obvious symptoms are a sudden weight loss or gain, accompanied by excessive drinking and urination; for example, cats can appear to develop an obsession with water and lurk around faucets or water bowls. Appetite is suddenly either ravenous (up to three-times normal) or absent.

    In dogs, the next symptom is vision problems and cataracts, while in cats the back legs may become weak and the gait may become stilted or wobbly. A quick test at this point can be done using urine keto/glucose strips with the animal. If the keto/glucose strips show glucose in the urine, diabetes is indicated. If a strip shows ketones in the urine, the animal should be brought to an emergency clinic right away. A test can also be performed with a home glucose meter by obtaining a blood sample with a lancet via an ear prick, paw prick or, in dogs, a lip prick.

    Owners should watch for noticeable thinning of the skin and apparent fragility: these are also serious and indicate that the animal is metabolizing (breaking down) its own body fat and muscle to survive. Dehydration is also common by this point and death can follow quickly.

  • coal miner


    Home News Learning Center Supplies & How To Diet & Lifestyle Diabetes in Children Caregiving Overview Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Gestational Diabetes Hypertension Vision Feet Other Complications Clinical Trials Drugs Glucose Meters Insulin Quackery Reviews Diet Exercise Stress Smoking Work Issues Travel Issues Caring for Your Loved Ones Home > Supplies And How To > Clinical Trials > Salicylates For The Treatment Of Type 2 Diabetes
    Salicylates For The Treatment Of Type 2 DiabetesPublication Date: 4/12/2010

    The salicylates are a class of medications that includes aspirin, salicylic acid, and salsalate. The salicylates are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that have been available for years, and are recommended for inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Besides helping with inflammation, these drugs appear to also have the potential to help control hyperglycemia in diabetes.

  • Jim Gam

    Coal Miner:

    Your comments on cats and ‘additives’ particularly interested me.

    My cat had a very sensitive spot on her back next to her tail. When I would accidentally touch it, she would react before I could get my hand away from her teeth – Ouch!

    After much searching, I finally found a commercial dry cat food that didn’t have ‘Excitotoxins” in it, “The GoodLife Recipe.” My cat loves it!” And the spot on her back went away, and now I can pet her without having to watch her out of the corner of my eye.

    The ingredients to look out for in the other commercial cat foods are: Natural Flavors (where the natural flavors are not specifically identified such as “natural chicken flavor”), Citric Acid, Carragenan, Hydrolized Vegetable (corn, rice,…) Proteins, etc.

    Again, look at the sites noted by Coal Miner above, and the web site, “” for very specific information.

    The manufacturer of “The GoodLife Recipe” is not available everywhere, but I found it at WalMart, Target, Stater Brothers Market,… and i’m sure other markets would begin to supply it if asked for by enough people.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Jim Gam,
      Walmart has very few items that are US made so I would check real close where your pet food is produced!!


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