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I saw this in the local paper this morning; found a copy on the web which I've copied here. Have we ever heard that there may be a connection?


Soft drinks dramatically increase women's diabetes risk

American researchers have revealed that women who drink higher amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and gaining weight.

Their findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveal that the prevalence of diabetes and obesity has increased rapidly during the last decades, coinciding with an increase in soft drink consumption, which is a leading source of added sugars in the diet of Americans and may increase the risk of diabetes.

Dr. Matthias B. Schulze and colleagues after examining the association between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and weight gain and diabetes risk among women found that women with stable consumption patterns had no difference in weight gain, but weight gain over a 4-year period was highest among women who increased their sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption from 1 or fewer drinks per week to 1 or more drinks per day.

Increased consumption of fruit punch was also associated with greater weight gain, as women consuming 1 or more sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day had a 83 percent increased risk for type 2 diabetes compared with those who consumed less than 1 of these beverages per month. Similarly, consuming one drink or more per day of fruit punch was associated with twice the risk for diabetes compared with consuming less than one drink of fruit punch per month.

"Our findings suggest that frequent consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages may be associated with larger weight gain and increased risk of type 2 diabetes, possibly by providing excessive calories and large amounts of rapidly absorbable sugars. Public health strategies to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes should focus on reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption," said the researchers.
My thought is that its not the soda but the SUGAR. Just think how much sugar folks are pouring own their throats!

Thanks, Dave. Very interesting article.

Oh man, let's hope it's the sugar, because if it's the caffeine then I am officially screwed. I drink more soda than I breathe in air!
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