Two fizzy drinks a week ‘increases’ Type 2 diabetes risk

By Editor
6th November 2017
Type 2 diabetes

Consuming just two fizzy drinks a week can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study has claimed.

That was the conclusion following a review of 36 studies on the cardiometabolic effects of sugar-sweetened beverages consumption for the past decade.

It was carried out by Stellenbosch University and published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society

The epidemiological studies “strongly” showed that frequent intake of sugary beverages “contributes to the onset of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and hypertension”.

Most of the studies analysed assessed individuals who consumed more than five sugar-sweetened beverages a week.

Studies on diet and type 2 diabetes revealed that consuming as few as two servings of sugar-sweetened beverages a week was linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers said.

Several of the studies also found drinking only one sugar-sweetened beverage a day was associated with elevated blood pressure, the study revealed.

Professor Faadiel Essop, head of the Cardio-Metabolic Research Group of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University, said: “The findings clearly demonstrate there is a need for public education about the harmful effects of excess consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

“But our understanding of this topic would benefit from additional research to further clarify how sugar-sweetened beverages affect our health. Our analysis revealed some limitations in the current research on this topic. There is definitely a need for longer-term studies, as well as the standardisation of research methods.”

To access the study, click here.

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