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Prevent Diabetes Tip -- quit drinking sugary sodas

Restrict your intake of sugar-sweetened drinks like colas, energy drinks and other beverages to prevent diabetes.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : August 4, 2014 4:26 PM IST

Sugary drinksThe consumption of sugary beverages like soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, iced teas and vitamin-loaded water drinks that are high in sugar and low in nutritional content increases your chances of diabetes. Sugar sweetened drinks are a common culprit when it comes to the intake of high sugar and calories, which in turn increases your risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Consuming these drinks is especially harmful to your health, as their consumption does not make you feel satiated, which means that you to eat the same amount of food, thereby raising your sugar levels and making you gain weight. Read more about diet, natural remedies and prevention of diabetes.

The regular consumption of sugary drinks is found to be associated with an increased risk of excess weight and obesity. People who are genetically at risk of obesity aggravate their risk of obesity and its associated health complications like diabetes, by drinking these sugar-rich drinks. In addition, sugary drinks contribute to increased insulin resistance, high triglyceride levels and chronic inflammation, all of which increase your risk of diabetes.

Studies have shown that consuming low-sugar coffee, unsweetened tea and plain water lowers your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. [2, 3] This is why it would be a good idea to replace these sugar sweetened beverages with plain water, black coffee, fresh fruits/fruit juices and low-sugar tea to prevent diabetes and its associated health complications.

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References:

  1. Vasanti S Malik Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes - A meta-analysis
  2. Janne C. de Ruyter et al A trial of sugar-free or sugar-sweetened beverages and body weight in children.
  3. Pan A et al Plain-water intake and risk of type 2 diabetes in young and middle-aged women.

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