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Fri, 31st Jul 2015

Sugary drinks increase diabetes risk by 20%

Fizzy Drink (c)  Cliff Johnson

Fizzy drinks are often very high in sugar, and doctors suspect that they’re likely to be linked to the growing rates of obesity in many countries. Now, by bringing together data from all of the previously published studies in the world, public health doctor Nita Forouhi has uncovered a strong link between sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes. In fact, as she explained to Amy Goodfellow, regularly consuming one sugar-rich drink boosts your diabetes risk by up to 13 per cent...

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Sugary drinks are associated with sessile lifestyles, central heating, lack of societal motivation, and a whole bunch of other things that might just cause obesity and possibly thus diabetes.

The interesting question is whether the incidence of diabetes and/or obesity is anomalously high among sugar cane workers and beekeepers.

The best comeback I've seen on a TV interview was with a senior executive of Coca Cola. Interviewer demonstrates the sugar content of Coke and says "did you know that?" to which the exec replied "Of course. I run the company that makes it." alancalverd, Fri, 31st Jul 2015

Hi Alan - you make good points, but the study controlled for all that, which was the power of the research. They reviewed 38,000 cases and looked at sugar intake pre any diagnosis of diabetes. They were able to compare individuals with a similar risk / lifestyle / obesity profile but differing sugar intakes to ask what their diabetes risk was.

Amy's write-up together with a link to the study is here: chris, Fri, 31st Jul 2015

"Estimated", "anticipated", "systematic review", "meta analysis" = journalism, not science.

Simple question

.....was there a corresponding reduction in diabetes and obesity? No! alancalverd, Fri, 31st Jul 2015

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