Replacing serving of sugary beverages with water cuts diabetes risk

The New York Times reports, “Substituting just one serving a day of water or unsweetened tea or coffee for one serving of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or dairy beverage can significantly reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes [T2D],” according to a study published in the journal Diabetologia.

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that after tracking “the consumption habits of more than 25,000 Britons (ages 40 to 79) over about 11 years,” researchers also “found that drinking sugar-sweetened milk products was an even more powerful driver of diabetes; compared with those who drank one such beverage daily, people who drank water, coffee or tea instead were on average 20% to 25% less likely to develop diabetes.”

Forbes contributor Larry Husten writes, “Overall, each 5% increase in the amount of calories coming from sweetened beverages was associated with an 18% increase in diabetes.”

At first, artificially sweetened soft drinks appeared also to be associated with an increased risk for T2D, but once researchers took people’s weight into account, that association “lost significance.”

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