New research shows consuming sugar-sweetened soft drinks may increase a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
For the study researchers followed women between ages 26 and 46 for eight years. At the start of the study, none of the participants had diabetes or any other serious illnesses. Results show women who drank one or more sodas a day gained more weight and were nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank less than one soda a day.
Women who reported drinking more soda gained an average of 10 pounds over the four years, whereas women who reported cutting their soda consumption gained an average of only three pounds. Researchers say weight gain was highest among those who increased their soda consumption from less than one per week to one or more per day.
Researchers conclude saying that high intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks may furthermore increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, possibly by providing excessive calories and large amounts of readily absorbable sugars.