Swapping sugary drinks for water may lower diabetes risk

A UK study has suggested that swapping sugary drinks for water or unsweetened tea and coffee could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by around a quarter.1

The study, which was produced by the University of Cambridge, examined a group of around 25,000 people for 11 years. Participants used diaries to monitor what they drank, as well as providing information about their lifestyle and having regular health checks.

The researchers found that participants who consumed higher proportions of their daily calorie intake through sweet drinks were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

We also know that being overweight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and so limiting calorie intake - and in particular intake of high sugar foods and drinks - can help reduce this risk.


1 O'Connor L, Imamuara F, Lentjes MAH, et al. Prospective associations and population impact of sweet beverage intake and type 2 diabetes, and effects of substitutions with alternative beverages. Diabetologia. Published online April 30 2015

News sources:

Choosing water instead of sugary drinks could cut diabetes 2 risk by a quarter. The Guardian, April 30 2015

Swapping orange squash for a cup of tea cuts diabetes risk. The Daily Telegraph, April 30 2015

Cutting out one fizzy drink a day slashes diabetes risk by 25%: Replacing sugary beverages with unsweetened tea or coffee could combat epidemic. Mail Online, May 1 2015

A glass of water a day 'can cut diabetes risk by a quarter'. Daily Express, May 1 2015


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