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Sugary drinks boost diabetes risk

soda bottlesYou’ve probably heard that sugary drinks contain empty calories with little nutritional value. But really, how bad could one little drink a day be for your health? Turns out, plenty bad, according to a recent study out of London. Researchers there found that every extra 12-ounce serving of sugar-sweetened soda (a standard can) raises the risk of diabetes by 18 percent. The findings, which fall in line with study results here in the United States, were based on data from 27,000 European residents. Study participants were also questioned about their juice consumption, but fruit juice was not shown to have a diabetes connection. According to the World Health Organization, more than 310 million people around the world have type 2 diabetes.

While the study relied on participants to report their beverage consumption, which increases the risk of inaccuracies, the bottom line reinforces what you likely already know: Sugary soft drinks aren’t good for you. Water is still the best bet for a refreshing, healthy drink. Bored with regular H2O? Try creating your own spa-style water, infused with lemon, cucumber, herbs or other citrus fruits.

Learn more about the changes that have been made at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.