UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Scientists have long proven that drinks with added sugar can significantly increase the risks of type 2 diabetes. What about naturally sugary drinks?
With them, everything is also not very smooth. In a new study, for example, it was found that 100% fruit juices and juice drinks, if a person consumes them regularly, can also increase the risk of developing diabetes. But how much? And then does it make sense to change one to the other?
We’ll try to figure it out right now.
As previous studies have shown, non-alcoholic drinks with added sugar increase the risk of diabetes by affecting complex but fragile metabolic processes. Although the methodology, sampling, and conclusions are still not satisfactory for the entire expert community, the link is considered to be existing rather than not.
The problem is that even today, when we know more about healthy lifestyle and healthy foods than ever before, many people tend to think that drinks with natural sugars are safe in this sense. Scientists at Harvard, for example, have found that fruit juices increase the risk of diabetes to the same extent as sweetened drinks do.
To draw such a conclusion, they used data collected over more than 20 years.
An analysis of the available information also suggests that people who regularly consumed sugary drinks (sweetened with natural sugars) for four years had a 16% increase in the risk of diabetes over the next four years. At the same time, those who chose exclusively sweetened drinks had a 18% higher risk.
These associations, scientists note, persisted even after taking into account other variables, including BMI , diet and lifestyle.
However, those of us who are not ready to give up sweets in order to minimize risks have hope. An article on a topic published in the Diabetes Care magazine about the study says that if you replace at least half of the sweet drinks with natural sugars in your diet with water, tea and coffee without sugar, the risks will be significantly reduced.
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