By drinking only one 12 ounce can of a fizzy drink each day the risk of Type 2 diabetes developing is increased, according to a new study recently completed by researchers from the University of California at Berkley, the University of California at San Francisco and Palo Alto, California’s Stanford University.
Type 2 diabetes can be life threatening and scientists found that calorie, which are sugar based, like the ones in carbonated or fizzy drinks more likely cause that type of diabetes, than calories from other sources.
In the general population, the prevalence of diabetes jumped up by 1% for each additional 150 calories from sugar each day, per person. In contrast, for 150 calories additional for all other types of calories the prevalence of diabetes was increased by just 0.1% in the population.
For just the first time, researchers have questioned the idea of consuming an excess of any one type of food is the cause of obesity that can then cause diabetes.
Researchers examined a large amount of data on the rates of diabetes and the availability of sugar in the diet across 175 countries for the past 10 years. After taking into account obesity as well as a myriad of additional factors, researchers found that an increased amount of sugar in a population’s food supply is tied to diabetes rates being more prevalent, independent of the rates of obesity.
Also noted, was that the rates of diabetes were lowered over time when the availability of sugar was lowered.