Just TWO cans of soda a week increases risk of diabetes

Just TWO cans of soda a week increases risk of diabetes, heart disease and a stroke

For lovers of fizzy soft drinks this is bad news.

A new study suggests drinking more than two cans of sodas a week increases the risk of type 2 diabetes while just one can raise blood pressure.

According to the research drinking just one 330ml can of soft drink can cause your blood pressure to spike as many of them contain 39 grams of sugar which is 14 more grams than your daily recommended sugar intake.

Experts have discovered that sugar-sweetened drinks are linked to a metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors that raise your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

And while high-levels of sugary beverages are long-known to cause obesity and lead to chronic illness, soda consumption is steadily rising among all age groups worldwide.

The World Health Organisation estimates there are about 19 million deaths worldwide each year due to metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

It is generally recommended that sugar intakes should only be about five per cent of your daily energy intake.

So that means no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) for average adult while children aged two and under should have just 12 grams or 3 teaspoons per day, kids aged three to six should have no more than four teaspoons a day.

However a can of Coke, Fanta, or Pepsi contains 39 grams of sugar or 9.5 teaspoons of sugar. Sprite contains slightly less ( 32 grams) according to nutritionists. 

Researchers reviewed 36 studies on the cardiometabolic effects of soft drinks. They discovered most studies found a link between cans of soda and the risk of developing risk factors for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Most of the studies they reviewed looked at people who drank more than five soft drinks a week – less than one a day.

They concluded that just two cans a week was enough to raise a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes.

Study senior author Professor Faadiel Essop, of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, said: “The increased prevalence of cardiometabolic disorders is strongly linked to greater urbanization and the adoption of detrimental lifestyle choices that include sedentary behavior, smoking and poor dietary preferences.”

He added: “For example, excess sugar consumption has surfaced as one of the most prominent global dietary changes during the past few decades and is considered a primary driver of cardiometabolic diseases onset.”
“The findings demonstrate there is a clear need for public education about the harmful effects of excess consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages,” Essop said.

The findings are published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

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