How Much Soda Is Too Much?
According to an analysis of 36 studies over the past 10 years examining the effects of sugary drinks on heart and metabolic health, just two sugar-sweetened beverages per week may increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. Results of the analysis were published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.
Research strongly suggests that diet – food and beverages – plays an important role in the risk for cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions like diabetes. Because the results of some studies linking sugar-sweetened drinks to health problems remain somewhat controversial, researchers at Stellenbosch University in South Africa decided to investigate trends in controlled and randomized clinical trials and observational studies in their analysis.
They discovered a strong connection between sugary drinks and metabolic syndrome – a condition that increases the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes and is characterized by large waist size, high triglyceride levels, low levels of “good” cholesterol, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure. Just one sugar-sweetened beverage per day increases hypertension risk and as few as two sugary drinks per week increases type 2 diabetes risk.