Cutting out sugary drinks could prevent type 2 diabetes

Richard Laycock 7 July 2017

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Sugary drinks are a threat to more than just your waistline.

Consuming sugary drinks every day increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to an international study led by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU).

The findings are the result of a seven-year nation-wide Thai Cohort study (2005-13), which used a new analysis technique to study how an increased intake of sugary drinks affected the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study that found that thousands of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented if people stopped consuming sugary drinks. Interestingly, the study found that the consumption of sugary drinks increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, independent of weight gain or obesity.

“A reduction in sugary drink consumption is likely to reduce rates of diabetes in Australia,” said lead author Keren Papier, a PhD scholar from the ANU Research School of Population Health.

It is hoped that these findings will help the push for a sugar tax in Australia.

“Several countries including Mexico, the United States, France and Chile have already started acting on sugary drinks by imposing or committing to a sugar tax," Ms Papier said.

Type 2 diabetes is a worldwide health issue. The WHO published the Global report on diabetes late last year, which found that 422 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide.

If you're at risk of developing diabetes, you may be able to claim certain weight and health management services on your private health insurance.

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