Dropping soft drinks cuts risk of diabetes
Swapping a daily sugary drink for water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of diabetes by up to 25pc, research has suggested.
A study by the University of Cambridge also found that for every 5pc increase of a person's total energy intake provided by sugar-sweetened drinks, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes may increase by 18pc.
Researchers analysed a separate large-scale study of more than 25,000 people aged 40 to 79 living in Norfolk, England, who recorded everything they ate and drank. During around 11 years of follow-up, 847 participants were diagnosed with new-onset type 2 diabetes.
The team looked at whether they drank sugar-sweetened beverages (such as fizzy drinks and squashes), sweetened-milk beverages (like milkshakes, flavoured milks and hot chocolate), sweetened tea or coffee, artificially sweetened drinks and fruit juice, and found that nearly all participants consumed at least one sweet beverage, with soft drinks the most commonly consumed.
They found that soft drinks and sweetened-milk beverages were all associated with a greater incidence of diabetes, but artificially sweetened beverages, sweetened tea or coffee and fruit juice were not.
They estimated that replacing one soft drink or sweetened-milk beverage a day with a serving of water or unsweetened tea or coffee reduced the incidence of diabetes by 14pc to 25pc.
The research is published in the journal, Diabetologia.