How Many Sodas Before You Are On the Fast Track?

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When sodas were replaced with plain water, unsweetened tea or coffee, it greatly helped to lower the odds of developing diabetes. How much are we talking about? A full 25 percent reduction in the risk of the development of diabetes. 25 percent! Better still, the researchers only swapped out one soda for water. Just one. Imagine if you simply exchanged all of your sodas for healthy, pure water?

By the way, this study included more than just colas. They also considered other sweetened drinks such as canned lemonade (150 calories), canned ice tea (270 calories), and sweetened fruit juice such as Snapple (about 200 calories).

In another study, it was found that people who drank a 12 ounce can of soda each day over a 16 year time period were 18 percent more likely to develop diabetes. Not only that, but this study showed that those who drank 2 sodas each day were 18 percent more likely to have a stroke than those who drank only 1 soda each day. These results held up even after researchers took into account other risk factors such as age, BMI, total daily caloric intake, and physical activity levels.

These are some pretty scary study results.

Another research analyzed information about a group of 12,000 people who had developed Type 2 diabetes between the years of 1991 and 2007 and another group selected at random from a pool of 15,000 people. All subjects were taking part in a larger study that was investigating the interaction between diet and environmental factors compared to the risk of cancer and chronic disease.

This study found that those who drank one or more sodas each day were 30 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who had less than one soda can each month. This study was published in the April 2013 journal Diabetologia.

Other studies have shown that consuming large amounts of soda have been linked to numerous health problems, including poor dental health, diabetes, weight gain, and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to strokes, heart attack, and premature death.


SEE ALSO: The Effects of Drinking Soda Infographic


Besides increasing your risk of diabetes, you need to consider what the sugar does to your weight as well. If you ate the right amount of calories to maintain your weight and only added 1 can of soda to your diet each day, you would gain 14.5 pounds in just one year.

Although some people think that a calorie is a calorie, but that might not be as true as we think.

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  1. American Beverage Association

    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    The reality is no single food, beverage or ingredient is a unique contributor to Type 2 diabetes, and it’s wholly misleading to suggest so. Rather, all calories count and balancing intake with physical activity is key. The nation’s leading authorities on diabetes treatment and prevention advocate such a holistic approach, saying millions of people can avoid or delay Type 2 diabetes by losing weight through diet and exercise. With a greater understanding of this important balance through
    education, people can make informed choices and integrate beverages into a healthy, active life.
    -American Beverage Association

  2. Marvin Zinn

    Jul 19, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I am glad I never have to worry about these things. I did try some soda as a teenager, but immediately thought it was horrible, and never tired any again. Later I learned the danger of it, along with other junk. I never eat any! God made everything perfect; any change is a defect.

    As for weight, mine only changed five pounds in 50 years, and that loss was from a cracked skull with 7 weeks coma. Maybe my brain leaked out and never returned. That was about six years ago, the third time out of four when doctors expected me dead.