Drinking sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, may increase your chance of developing a certain type of diabetes more than other foods that contain fructose, a new study concluded.
In the study published last week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto concluded that "sweetened beverages pose a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than most other foods They contain fructose, a sugar that occurs naturally, "Hospital said in a press release.
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The researchers said that most foods that contain fructose naturally, such as whole fruits and vegetables, honey and natural fruit juices, "do not seem to have a harmful effect on blood glucose levels." & # 39; energy for diets [that] It can have harmful effects. "
To reach this conclusion, the St. Michael researchers reviewed 155 different studies that "evaluated the effect of different dietary sources of fructose sugars on blood glucose levels in people with and without controlled diabetes for up to 12 weeks."
The researchers also said that some fruits and fruit juices "may have beneficial effects on blood glucose and insulin control, especially in people with diabetes," when these foods "do not provide excess calories."
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"These findings could help guide recommendations on important dietary sources of fructose for the prevention and control of diabetes," said John Sievenpiper, lead author of the study, in a statement. However, he noted that more research is still needed on the subject.
That said, the study echoes a 2010 study published by the American Diabetes Association that concluded that those who consume a sugary drink one or more times a day have a "26 [percent] higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes "than those who do not.