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A recent research study has shown that there is a twenty-two percent chance of Type-2 diabetes, if a person consumes 34cl of any sugary drink – every day. The study, conducted by the Imperial College, London, surveyed 30,000 people over a period of years in 8 countries – shows that the sugary drinks have direct impact on weight gain and diabetes. The study was overseen by an epidemiology professor, Nick Wareham, who said, “This finding adds to growing global literature suggesting that there is a link between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, obesity and risk of development of type 2 diabetes. This observation suggests that consumption of these beverages should be limited as part of an overall healthy diet.” The study was published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and according to the International Diabetes Federation the number of diabetes sufferers worldwide will grow to an estimated 552 million by 2030. Those suffering from Type 1 diabetes have a lifelong inability to produce insulin, while Type 2 usually strike later in life, caused by obesity and sedentary lifestyles, as people become resistant to the insulin their own bodies produce.

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This article was first published on 27th April 2013

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