European Study confirms earlier American study results that 12 Ounces of Sugary Soda a Day Raises Diabetes Risk by 22%!!!
The finding in the journal Diabetologia is based on an analysis of data collected from more than 28,000 people in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The study found an association between consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and heightened risk of type 2 diabetes. Consumption of pure or diluted fruit juice was not significantly associated with diabetes risk, according to the report.
The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said in a journal news release.
Diabetes is very serious disease. Ask someone suffering from it and you will hear horror stories of its effect on blood vessels, lungs, eyes and wound healing. Additionally, since it is non reversible (in most cases) one has to live with-in limits for the rest of the life. Would you ever wish that on your worst enemy?
No! So why do we let our children knowing or unknowingly consume so much sugar.
Do you realize that there are 16 stacks of sugar cubes in one soda?
a) Avoid Soda. In fact cut out soda from any parties or restaurant meal and replace it with water or fresh fruit juices instead. This is what we do in our family.
b) Check the labels on your food items to find the level of sugar. To learn more, check out: http://www.sugarstacks.com/
c) Minimize use of white sugar and substitute with natural sweeteners like honey, dates etc.
But before we go preaching to our kids, let us start by cutting soda and refined sugar out from our own diet.
A journey of a thousand mile, Lao Tzu says, starts with one step.