NEW YORK – diet soda and other artificially sweetened beverages, already implicated in the possibility of developing diabetes, it is not the culprit, according to researchers at Harvard University. In a large group of men were followed for 20 years, drinking regular soda and other sugary drinks are often meant the person was more likely to get diabetes, but it was not true of sweetened soft drinks and coffee or tea.
Replacing sugary drinks diet versions, actually seems to be a safe and healthy choice, a report published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, he said. “There are several alternatives to regular soda,” said Frank Hu, an author of the study, Reuters Health.
‘Diet soda is perhaps not the best alternative, but moderate consumption is not going to have any appreciable harmful effects.’ Prior studies had suggested that people who drink diet soda regularly might be more likely to get diabetes than those who stay away from artificially-sweetened drinks, but the recent study indicates that the link is a result of other factors common to both diet soda drinkers and people with diabetes, including being overweight.
Mr Hu and his colleagues analysed data from more than 40,000 men who were followed between 1986 and 2006, during which time they regularly filled out questionnaires on their medical status and dietary habits, including how many servings of regular and diet sodas, and other drinks, consumed every week.
About 7 percent of men reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes at some point in the investigation. Men who drank more sugary drinks, about one dose per day on average were 16 percent more likely to have diagnosed diabetes, men who never drank such beverages. – Reuters