ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A new study published Wednesday indicates that drinking one sugary beverage per day could increase a person’s risk of eventually having diabetes by as much as 22 percent.

The study, a far-reaching analysis that factored in data from 350,000 participants in eight European countries, found that every 12-ounce serving of soda or another sugar-laden drink enjoyed by a given person elevates their risk of developing diabetes.

Study leader Dora Romaguera, who worked with a team at Imperial College in London to reach their conclusion, said that broadcasting their findings is an important part of sending “clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks … to the population,” Reuters is reporting.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have previously discouraged the frequent consumption of sugary drinks, especially for children.

“Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the diet of U.S. youth,” a release on the CDC’s official website states. “Consuming these beverages increases the intake of calories—a factor potentially contributing to obesity among youth nationwide.”

Reuters learned that other American studies also forged a connection between sugary beverage drinking and health issues, namely obesity and type 2 diabetes in patients of all ages.

Other countries that contributed data in this new study besides Britain included Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Participants were reportedly questioned about the specifics of their diets, in particular the frequency and nature of their sugary beverage consumption.

Researchers in the study, which was published in the journal Diabetologia, asserted that their findings “corroborate the association between increased incidence of Type-2 diabetes and high consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks in European adults.”


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