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Regardless of weight, sugar-sweetened drinks linked to diabetes

Sugar-sweetened drinks may lead to type-2 diabetes, regardless of patients weight, a study from Cambridge University found.

Around 80,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in the UK between 2010 and 2020 would be related to consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers said.

“Although more research on cause and effect needs to be carried out, this study indicates the potential health gains that may be achieved by reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks,” the researchers concluded in a joint statement.

Artificially-sweetened, 'sugar-free' drinks and fruit juice are not suitable alternatives to sugar-sweetened drinks for the prevention of type 2 diabetes, the study found, these also showed a positive association with type 2 diabetes.

While the link between artificially-sweetened drinks or fruit juice and incidences of type 2 diabetes was less evident, the researchers found little evidence for benefits of these beverages.

The study therefore concluded these drinks are unlikely to be healthy alternatives to sugar-sweetened drinks for preventing type 2 diabetes.