Sugary drinks may cause Type 2 Diabetes regardless of size, and artificial sweeteners are not a good substitute
Dr John Yudkin’s pioneering book “Pure, White and Deadly” concluded in 1972 that sugar was the culprit in the alarming rise in obesity, coronary thrombosis and diabetes. At the time, he was hounded and his work thoroughly disparaged. Since then, we have been reassured and reassured again that a high sugar intake is not linked to Type 2 Diabetes. Recent epidemiological work by Dr Robert Lustig and colleagues, however, suggests that the duration and degree of sugar exposure is indeed linked to the development of diabetes regardless of other socioeconomic, dietary and obesity factors.
Now, in an interesting analysis from Cambridge University (1), not only is the habitual consumption of sugary drinks linked to diabetes, but artificially sweetened ones, too.
(1) Basu S, Yoffe P, Hills N, Lustig RH (2013) The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57873. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057873
By Sarah Boseley, The Guardian 21.07.15
Findings from Cambridge University support recent government recommendations to cut down sugar consumption, especially in drinks.
Sugar-sweetened drinks such as colas and lemonades may play a part in the alarming rise of type 2 diabetes in the UK and the US, according to new research – regardless of whether people are obese or not.
Researchers from Cambridge University said they also found a link, albeit weak, between type 2 diabetes and people who drink fruit juices or “diet” drinks containing artificial sweeteners. These are not a good substitute for sugar-sweetened drinks, they say…
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