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Sugary drinks are such sweet sorrow

A study in the last issue of Diabetologia contributes further evidence to the harms of consuming to much sugar sweetened drinks. Using data obtained in the prospective EPIC-Norfolk study, Laura O'Connor and colleagues from Cambridge University show that for each 5% increase of a person’s total energy intake provided by sweet drinks including soft drinks, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes may increase by 18%. Conversely, replacing the daily consumption of one serving of a sugary drink with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14% and 25%, so there is hope for those who see the error of their ways.

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