People who increase the amount of sugary drinks – whether they contain added or naturally occurring sugar – may face moderately higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care and reported by the American Diabetes Association, found that drinking more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) – like soft drinks – as well as 100% fruit juices, were linked with higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. The study found that drinking more artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) in place of sugary drinks did not seem to lessen diabetes risk. However, the risk decreased when one daily serving of any sugary beverage was replaced with water, coffee, or tea.