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Articles February 2011 Issue

Extra Pounds or Not, Sugary Drinks Increase Diabetes Risk

B everages sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup can boost your risk of type 2 diabetes—even if the calories don’t make you fat. An analysis of 11 studies totaling more than 300,000 participants fnds that consump- tion of such sweetened drinks appeared to increase the risk of diabetes independent of their effects on obesity. People drink- ing one or two non-diet drinks daily were 26% more likely to develop diabetes than those sipping less than one a month. Consumption of sweetened drinks was also linked to a 20% greater risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

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