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Even One Soda a Day Can Hike Your Diabetes Risk

A study has found that people who drink just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages each day were more than 25 percent likelier to develop type 2 diabetes. Once-a-day soda drinkers also had a 20 percent higher rate of metabolic syndrome, which is a risk factor for diabetes.

The researchers conducted a meta-analysis to reach their conclusions. They identified eight studies with enough data to let them check for a diabetes link, and three more for metabolic syndrome.

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“The largest diabetes study, which followed more than 91,000 American women ages 24 to 44 for eight years, made the strongest case for a relationship, and it wasn't just because higher consumption of sweetened drinks added excess calories that turned into pounds. While weight gain is a known diabetes risk factor, the diabetes-beverage link persisted even after adjusting for that.”