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Is there a link between drinking too many sugary drinks and diabetes?

A new study claims that having sugary drinks every day could put people at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

American researchers found that the excessive consumption of sugary drinks, which can contain up to 200 calories each, contributed to 130,000 cases of Type 2 diabetes and 14,000 cases of heart disease between 1990 and 2000 in the USA.

The researchers also concluded that sugary drinks are fuelling the obesity epidemic. The findings of the research were presented at the American Heart Association Annual  Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

Increased risk

"This study adds to the wealth of research around the health risks associated with long-term consumption of high calorie, high sugar drinks," said Florence Brown, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK. "These drinks can lead to easy weight gain which can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious life-long condition that can lead to complications such as blindness, heart disease and amputation. "Sugary drinks should be avoided wherever possible and cutting them out is an easy, instant way to improve your health. As well as cutting out sugary drinks, you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by combining regular physical activity with a healthy balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in fat, sugar and salt."

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