Soft drinks linked to obesity, diabetes


MILWAUKEE - Drinking too many sodas causes women to gain weight and doubles their risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new large study shows.

However, experts say that while soda is not good in huge quantities, it's not the drink but rather the calories in the drink that's the main culprit.

In the study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed dietary and weight information from more than 51,000 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II.

Researchers analyzed women's dietary and weight information from 1991, 1995 and 1999. Women who drank at least one sugar-sweetened soda a day gained the most weight and were twice as likely to develop diabetes. Women who drank diet soda or fruit juices did not increase their risk for diabetes.

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