Sugary drinks and health risks

How do sugary drinks increase my child's risks for diabetes?

Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugars in the American diet.1 The reason sugary drinks increase the risk of type 2 diabetes is because they contribute to weight gain, which can lead to obesity (an established risk factor for type 2 diabetes). One study found that participants who consumed large amounts of sugary drinks had a 26 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who consumed far fewer sugary drinks.2
1 Welsh, J.A., Sharma, A.J., Grellinger, L., Vos, M.B. (2011). Consumption of added sugars is decreasing in the United States. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 94, No. 3, pp. 726-734.
2 Malik et al. (2010). Sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis. Diabetes Care, 33(11): 2477-83. Epub 2010, Aug. 6. Review.

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