Diet soft drinks raise risk of type II diabetes MORE than those sweetened with real sugar

Diet soft drinks raise risk of type II diabetes MORE than those sweetened with real sugar

The National Institute of Health and Medical Research said “Contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with light beverages compared with regular sweetened drinks…”

What has the latest study told us about crappy artificially-sweetened soft drinks?

  • Diabetes risk increased by about a third for women who drank diet soft drinks, as compared to regular soft drink and fruit juice drinkers
  • There was no increase in diabetes among women who drank only 100-percent fruit juice, compared with non-consumers
  • Drinkers of light sodas had an even higher risk of diabetes compared to those who drank regular ones: 15% higher for consumption of 500 ml (16.9 ounces) per week, and 59% higher for consumption of 1.5 litres (50 ounces) per week
  • Women who drank ‘light’ sodas tended to drink more of it - 2.8 glasses a week on average compared to 1.6 glasses among women on ‘regular’ sodas.
  • The paper noted previous research which says that aspartame -- the most frequently-used artificial sweetener -- has a similar effect on blood glucose and insulin levels as the sucrose used in regular sweeteners.

Study by Francoise Clavel-Chapelon and Guy Fagherazzi and colleagues, on over 66,000 French women, followed for 14 years, as published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 7 2013.  The study looked at women born 1925-1950 from 1990-2012.  As reported by AFP Relax News on Thursday February 7, 2013. 

Posted: Saturday 23 February 2013

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