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Diabetes Awareness Month: Are Sugar and Soda THAT Bad?


Are Sugar and Soda THAT Bad?


The short answer, according to recent studies, is yes. Just in time for Diabetes Awareness Month, researchers have released two studies on sugar’s negative effects on the body.

One study published by the European Society of Endocrinology indicates drinking just two sweetened drinks per day (200ml each) could nearly double one’s risk of type 2 diabetes and LADA (latent autoimmune disease in adults, a type of autoimmune diabetes with features of type 2 diabetes).

The researchers studied more than 2,800 people from a Swedish population study. Findings showed similar results for sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages. In other words, choosing a “diet” soda won’t prevent the negative effects.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans (9.3 percent of the population) had diabetes in 2012. It may be time to trade the sodas and high-sugar beverages for healthier alternatives, such as this antioxidant-packed green smoothie, to help combat the epidemic.

Another recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality.

“Most U.S. adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet,” the researchers wrote. “The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting total intake of discretionary calories, which include added sugars and solid fats, to 5 percent to 15 percent of daily caloric intake.”

Unfortunately, sugar consumption in the United States has experienced a steady increase in recent years. After comparing study participants who consumed less than 10 percent of calories from added sugar to those who consumed more, researchers discovered higher sugar consumption led to a higher risk of CVD mortality.

If you’re concerned with your current health status and wish to have your CVD or diabetes risk assessed, request an appointment with a naturopathic physician today!