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Diet fizzy drinks do not raise diabetes risk

Tue, 26 Apr 2011

Contrary to perceived wisdom, diet fizzy drinks do not increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Scientists in the United States have found that the regular consumption of diet and artificially sweetened drinks, as well as coffee and tea, do not result in a greater chance of diabetes .

Although drinking regular soft drinks do raise the risk of diabetes, the study involving 40,000 men over a 20-yer period suggested that the link between diet fizzy drinks and diabetes was more due to other factors that were common to diabetes patients who regularly drank such drinks.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that around 7 per cent received a diagnosis for diabetes during the study, with those that consumed the most fizzy drinks being 16 per cent more likely to suffer from diabetes than those who never drank them.

Once factors such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were taken into account, men who drank a lot of diet drinks were not found to have an increased risk of diabetes.

Researcher Frank Hu commented "There are multiple alternatives to regular soda. Diet soda is perhaps not the best alternative, but moderate consumption is not going to have any appreciable harmful effects."
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