24 April 2013
Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of diabetes in later life, a study suggests.
A can a day raises the relative risk of diabetes by about a fifth, compared with one can a month or under, say European scientists.
The report in the journal Diabetologia mirrors previous US findings.
A diabetes charity recommends limiting sugary foods and drinks as they are calorific and can cause weight gain.
The latest research was carried out in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France and the Netherlands.
Some 350,000 individuals were questioned about their diet, as part of a large European study looking at links between diet and cancer.
“The consumption of sugar sweetened soft drinks increases your risk of diabetes – so for every can of soft drinks that you drink per day, the risk is higher,” lead researcher Dora Romaguera from Imperial College London told BBC News.
She called for clearer public health information on the effects of sugary soft drinks.
“Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on its deleterious effect on health should be given to the population,” Dr Romaguera and colleagues conclude in their research paper.
Continue reading at BBC News – Diabetes warning on soft drinks.