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Sugar sweetened soft drink increases risk of type 2 diabetes by 20%
06 May 2013

Drinking one 12-ounce (360ml) sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22%, a new study from Europe suggests.

The results corroborate research conducted in North American populations.

Collectively, the findings suggest that "clear" population-based messages on the deleterious effect of these beverages on health "should be given," the study team says. What the EPIC study shows is "absolutely consistent with what we have seen in studies in the US," Robert Ratner, MD, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association, told Medscape Medical News.

He said studies to date "give us a public-health message that we really need to listen to. In our minds, the data are overwhelming and convincing. We believe that reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages through public information, education, and public-health policy is a critical piece to reducing the development of diabetes."

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Medscape News, 25th April 2013.