Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain And Diabetes Risk Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain And Diabetes Risk
Nurses’ Health Study Annual Newsletter, Volume 12, 2005

Soft drinks are the main source of added sugar in the American diet, leading many people to speculate that these beverages might contribute to weight gain and diabetes risk.

According to the Nurses’ Health Study all factors were taken into account that could be affecting women’s weight, including their age, activity patterns and diet. Still it was reported they found that over an 8-year period, women gained an average of 17 pounds if they started drinking at least one-sugar sweetened soft drink per day.

In addition, daily consumption of these beverages nearly doubled their risk of diabetes. These results suggest that women can better maintain their weight and overall conditions by cutting back on sugar sweetened soft drinks.