Sweetened Drinks Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sweetened Drinks Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Sugary soft drinks increases your risk of developing diabetes type 2. Each additional consumption of a can or a bottle of 340 ml sugar-sweetened beverages a day increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%. The more you drink sugar-sweetened beverages, the more likely you are to get diabetes type 2. That is the conclusion of a major study conducted by Imperial College London in the UK and eight other European countries. From the 330, 234 people who were followed for 16 years of research, a total of 12,403 people develop type 2 diabetes.

As we know, type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by insulin resistance and mainly related to genetic factors (heredity) and lifestyle. Indonesia ranks the 4th in the world by the number of people with over 21 millions people. According to the cases in 2007, diabetes was the cause of death-2 in urban areas of Indonesia.

Although the study can not prove a causal relationship between the consumption of sugary drinks is definitely with diabetes, but the relationship between them is very strong. Increased risk fell only slightly to 18% after adjusting findings to account for body mass index (BMI). It shows that not just being overweight is causing the trend.

In the previous study, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages a day can have been associated with increased incidence of type 2 diabetes. In the US population happened as much as 25%. These findings indicate that the correlation is the same in Europe. Sugary drinks can lead to type 2 diabetes because of its effect on body weight. In addition, these drinks also have a glycemic effect can cause rapid spikes in blood glucose, as well as the disruption of the hormone insulin, which typically regulates blood sugar.

The authors also observed a significant increase in the incidence of diabetes associated with the consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks, but that relationship disappeared after BMI of participants, which may indicate that the relationship is not causal but is driven by the weight of the participants. Consumption of fruit juices and pure honey is not significantly associated with incident diabetes.

Well, after getting the information above, do you still want to consume sugary drinks every day? Other times of drinking sweet tea or coca cola, you would better order tea or plain water only. More efficient and more healthy!