Diabetes again shown to be caused by soft drinks

Diabetes again shown to be caused by soft drinks

Another massive European study confirmed the link between sugary soft drinks and diabetes.

“This finding adds to growing global literature suggesting that there is a link between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, obesity and risk of development of type II diabetes.  This observation suggests that consumption of these beverages should be limited …”
Professor Nick Wareham, of the Medical Research Council’s epidemiology unit.

“The large number of people involved in this study means this finding is extremely unlikely to have happened by chance”
Dr Matthew Hobbs, of Diabetes UK.

It’s alarming.  Most people are not really aware of the dangers of these drinks.  Consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks increases your risk of developing diabetes beyond the effect on body weight.  You may remain thin and still have a higher risk of developing diabetes.  This corroborates the association between increased incidence of Type II diabetes and high consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks in European adults.  The observed association between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diabetes in the present analysis is of similar magnitude as the association reported in a meta-analysis of eight prospective studies, which was based on 15,043 diabetes cases mostly from the U.S.A.”
Dora Romaguera-Bosch, PhD, MSc, of Imperial College London in England.

“The bottom line is that sugary soft drinks are not good for you, they have no nutritional value and there is evidence that drinking them every day can increase your relative risk for type II diabetes”
Patrick Wolfe, a statistics expert from University College London.

“Soft drinks are safe to consume…”
Gavin Partington, British Soft Drinks Association.

What did the Imperial College of London, 8-country, 26,000 people study uncover?

  • Those drinking just one glass of soft drink per day had a 58% increased risk of diabetes compared with those who consumed low or no soft drinks
  • An extra can of artificially-sweetened beverage put the risk 52% higher
  • Diabetes risk increases by an additional 22% with every extra can drunk
  • Regardless of body size and diet, the association between sugar-sweetened beverages and diabetes risk remained significant
  • There was no association between diabetes and consumption of juices and nectars
  • The findings echo similar conclusions from research in the United States

Study by Romaguera D, et al “Consumption of sweet beverages and type II diabetes incidence in European adults: results from EPIC-InterAct” as published in Diabetologia 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s00125-013-2899-8.  The researchers looked over intake of sweetened drinks with diabetes incidence in a case-cohort study of 12,403 Type 2 diabetics and a random population of 16,154 people identified within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohorts.  They used data from 350,000 people from Britain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Italy, Netherlands.  The study was supported by the EU FP6 program, the NL Agency, an Incentive Grant from the Board of the UMC Utrecht, A.M.W., SpijKerman, Dutch Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports, Netherlands Cancer Registry, LK Research Funds, Dutch Prevention Funds, Dutch ZON, World Cancer Research Fund, Statistics Netherlands, Swedish Research Council, Novo Nordisk, Swedish Heart Lung Foundation, Swedish Diabetes Association, Danish Cancer Society, Deutsche Krebshilfe, Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Asturias Regional Government, Health Research Fund of the Spanish Ministry of Health, the CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública, AIRE-ONLUS Ragusa, AVIS-Ragusa, and the Sicilian Regional Government.  As reported by MedPage Today, Business Week and The Daily Mail on April 24, 2013.


Posted: Saturday 4 May 2013