Two fizzy drinks a day ‘doubles risk of diabetes’

By Drum Digital
01 November 2016

Drinking diet drinks daily doubles your risk of developing diabetes, researchers claim.

While you may pat yourself on the back for switching your favourite sugar laden fizzy drink for the low cal alterative, it’s unlikely your body will thank you. Yes it may keep the pounds off, but new research suggests it does so at the expense of other areas of your health.

A team of experts from Karolinska Institute in Sweden assessed 2,874 adults, who had kept a diary for a year detailing their drink consumption.

It was found that the participants who glugged down two or more sweetened drinks a day were 2.4 times more liked to develop type 2 diabetes.

The drinks included sugary and artificially sweetened ones, such as diet drinks and sugar free cordials.

It was further found that some artificially sweetened drinks were as bad as their full sugar counterparts; every 200ml glass of a sugary fizzy drink consumed each day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 21 per cent, while a 200ml glass of diet drink increased the risk by 18 per cent.

Having five or more sugar-free drinks a day increased the risk by 4.5 times.

Results have been published in the European Journal of Endocrinology, with the team concluding that low calorie and calorie free drinks make people feel hungrier and crave sugary snacks.

They also think that artificial sweeteners can interfere with the bacteria in our gut, which may trigger diabetes.

“One hypothesis is that consumption of diet soft drinks may stimulate appetite making us increase our food intake, especially sweet or sugary foods, possibly leading us to become overweight which is a risk factor for diabetes,” lead researcher Josefin Lofvenborg said.

“It has also been proposed that artificial sweeteners may negatively affect the balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ species of microbes in the gut, leading to glucose intolerance.”

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