Two Diet Drinks A Day Dou­ble The Risk Of Di­a­betes

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

With the high in­ci­dence of di­a­betes in the Car­ib­bean, a new study sug­gest­ing that diet drinks are al­most as harm­ful to health as reg­u­lar so­das should be cause for con­cern.

Sci­en­tists from the Karolin­ska In­sti­tute in Swe­den found that drink­ing just two glasses of diet drinks daily more than dou­bles the risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

The re­searchers stud­ied 2,874 adults who had com­pleted a year­long di­ary about their in­take of drinks.

The par­tic­i­pants who had two or more sweet­ened drinks a day were 2.4 times more likely to de­velop type 2 di­a­betes. “Sweet­ened drinks” in this con­text in­cluded sug­ary bev­er­ages and ar­ti­fi­cially sweet­ened ones like Diet Coke or sugar-free con­cen­trates.

The sci­en­tists es­tab­lished that ev­ery 200ml glass of a sug­ary car­bon­ated drink con­sumed each day in­creased the risk of type 2 di­a­betes by 21 per­cent.

- Car­ib­bean 360

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