Sugar-sweetened drinks increase the risk of diabetes

Updated: Mar 06, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

London: Regular intake of sugar-sweetened
soft drinks can increase the risk of diabetes and heart
diseases, a new study has claimed.

According to researchers at the University of California,
such drinks -- soft, sport and fruit beverages excluding 100
per cent fruit juice -- contain between 120 to 200 calories
per drink and play a major role in the rising tide of obesity.

Estimates presented at the American Heart Association`s
annual conference say that the increased consumption of
sugar-sweetened drinks between 1990 and 2000 contributed to
1,30,000 new cases of diabetes and 14,000 new cases of
coronary heart disease (CHD) in the US over the past decade.

"We can demonstrate an association between daily
consumption of sugared beverages and diabetes risk and
translate this information into estimates of the current
diabetes and cardiovascular diseases that can be attributed to
the rise in consumption of these drinks," lead author Litsa
Lambrakos said.

"We want to make the general public more aware of the
adverse health outcomes of consuming these drinks over time
and help support disease prevention and curb consumption of
these drinks, Litsa was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

Over the last decade, at least 6,000 excess deaths from
any cause and 21,000 life-years lost in the US can be
attributed to the increase in sugar-sweetened drinks.