You would think that only one soda or sweet tea a day wouldn’t be so bad, right? Wrong. Not only is it bad for your diet, but people who drink just one or two sweet beverages a day are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drink one a month. This once a day habit also increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which closely follows a diagnoses of diabetes.
Everyone knows that sugary drinks are associated with weight gain. Since weight gain and diabetes are so closely intertwined, it only makes sense that diabetes is to follow.
Of course, many other factors can put you at risk for diabetes, but sweet drinks are so popular today, we simply don’t think about what they are doing to our bodies.
Sweet drinks cause a spike in your blood glucose and insulin because they are usually consumed quickly and in large quantities. The sugar is rapidly absorbed. Frequently drinking the sugary beverages can lead to insulin resistance and hypertension, which often appear just prior to diabetes. High fructose corn syrup, which is the sugar in many of the sweet drinks, may be riskier than other sugars for causing diabetes because it produces more belly fat. Being fat in the middle is closely related to high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes.
We do love our sweet drinks. The average American drinks on average, 142 calories a day. That’s almost one 12 ounce can of soda a day.
The American Heart Association issued a recommendation that consumers set a limit on sweetened drinks to 450 calories a week, the equivalent of 3 12-ounce cans of soda. It may be helpful to cut back on the soda if you remember that each 12 ounce can of soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar.
In a 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 88,000 women were followed for 24 years, those who guzzled two or more sugary drinks a day had a risk of
It’s clear that there are no benefits to drinking these beverages, many health conditions are related to drinking them from gout and dental cavities to heart disease and diabetes. Is it really worth the risk? Heart disease 35 percent higher than non-guzzlers, even after adjusting for other unhealthy lifestyle factors.
Journal of the American Medical Association, 2004
Prevention; Oct 12, 2010