Sweet Fruit Drinks and Diabetes
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Those sweetened fruit drinks may seem healthier than a sugary soft drink but one study concluded that they are just as likely to cause weight gain and increase your risk of diabetes. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the study in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Sweetened fruit drinks are often marketed as a healthier alternative to soft drinks but they may be just as likely to cause weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes, according to a Boston University report.

The findings came from a look at nearly 44,000 black women in the United States who were checked over a 10-year period ending in 2005.

Those who said they drank two or more non-diet soft drinks a day had a 24 percent increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes than those in the study who drank fewer than one regular soft drink per month.

Women who drank two or more sweetened fruit drinks per day had a 31 percent increased risk compared to those who drank fewer than one such fruit drink a month.

Diet soft drinks, grapefruit juice and orange juice were not linked to a higher diabetes risk. While pure orange and grapefruit juices also contain sugars naturally, they may have a different metabolic effect or may be more likely to be consumed as part of a meal.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.