Women who drink more than one can of sugar-filled soda a day might be increasing their chances of developing diabetes along with gaining weight.
A study showed that women who drank the minimum of one soda each day could increase their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes by 85 percent over the women who drank less than one can a day.
Along with increasing the risk for diabetes, the high sugar and calorie content contained in sodas were also found to compound the risk of developing other chronic diseases such as obesity. These findings led researchers to believe the sugar found in soda and energy drinks could result in an overabundance of energy, which could trigger obesity and the packing on of extra pounds.
The Growing Number of Diabetes Cases in America
In 2002, 18.2 million Americans were found to have diabetes
Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States
* The number of people with diabetes has almost doubled over the years of 1990 to 2002
Researchers stated that school officials are now taking actions against the growing childhood obesity problem by encouraging their students to drink beverages other than sugar-filled soft drinks.
USA Today June 8, 2004