Study backs what many were already stating
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/20/2013 -- Another in a growing list of studies has confirmed a fact that people have been expressing for ages now: Stop drinking diet soda. Drinking one 12-ounce can of the liquid that includes artificial sweetener per week can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 33%, according to researchers in France. Given the number of people who do not stop at a single serving of the beverages, the risk of diabetes is likely much higher than with the minimum amount for increased risk.
The new study was announced on Thursday, and will be added the the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study was conducted by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and looked at 66,118 middle-aged women whose intake habits and health were tracked from the years 1993 to 2007.
The results were rather unexpected to some. While it was well-known that those who consume sugar are more likely to develop diabetes, researchers were a bit surprised at the magnitude of change for those who drank “light” or “diet” soft drinks. Those individuals have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who partook in the regular sugar-filled beverages. Individuals who had 100% natural squeezed fruit juices were noted as having zero additional risk.
The frequency of use that was found in the study was also startling. Women who chose to drink artificially flavored soft drinks often had twice as many beverages as women who chose the regular soda or juices.
"Yet when an equal quantity is consumed, the risk of contracting diabetes is higher for 'light' or 'diet' drinks than for 'non-light' or 'non-diet' drinks," the researchers, epidemiologists Francoise Clavel-Chapelon and Guy Fagherazzi, said in a statement. “Women who drank up to 500 milliliters (about 12 ounces) of artificially sweetened beverages per week were 33% more likely to develop the disease.” She noted. Adding, “Women who drank about 600 milliliters (about 20 ounces) per week had a 66 percent increase in risk.
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