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Researchers find extra 100 ml of sugary drink can increase risk of diabetes

By Dental Tribune International
October 23, 2019

LONDON, UK: In a further development in the fight against sugary drinks, the Oral Health Foundation has called for people in Britain to change their habits and choose healthier alternatives. The call to action comes after new research has shown that increasing sugary drink consumption by 100 ml a day over four years will increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes by almost 16%.

According to the study, the researchers wanted to evaluate the risk of long-term changes in the consumption of sugary beverages and its relation to subsequent risk of Type 2 diabetes. They followed up on participants in the Nurses’ Health Study, the Nurses’ Health Study II and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, using data from a total of 160,000 women and 35,000 men to come to their conclusions. In the study, the researchers also noted that switching to water, coffee or tea reduced a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 10%.

Speaking about the results, Dr Nigel Carter, OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “This study will hopefully remind people of the importance of cutting down our sugary drink consumption. Just swapping a sugary drink for a tooth-friendly alternative such as water or milk once a day will not only help your mouth health but also slash your diabetes risk.”

In the Oral Health Foundation release, it reported that the average person in Britain is consuming 322 cans of sugary drinks a year, which equates to roughly 2 l a week. “As consumers it’s very important that we take responsibility for what we’re putting in our mouths. That means that we should all be checking the labels of the foods and drinks we buy to make sure that we’re sticking within the recommended daily limit of 30 grams of added sugar a day,” noted Carter.

The study, titled “Changes in consumption of sugary beverages and artificially sweetened beverages and subsequent risk of Type 2 diabetes: Results from three large prospective US cohorts of women and men”, was published online on 3 October 2019 in Diabetes Care Journal, ahead of inclusion in an issue.

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