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Sugary Drinks Increase Risk of Diabetes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Overloading on sugary drinks could increase your risk of developing diabetes, according to findings reported in the journal Diabetes Care by Harvard's Vasanti Malik and colleagues.

People who drink one or two sugar-sweetened beverages a day, like soda or vitamin water, have a 26-percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who barely drink any, reports MedPage Today

Malik and colleagues said that patients should replace sugary drinks with healthier alternatives like water in order to reduce their risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

"A lot of decisions [to avoid junk food] have been guided by weight," Malik told MedPage. "We now have outcomes data to say that you can actually have a higher risk of diabetes by making these kinds of choices."

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