(CNN) – New research adds to the body of evidence showing that sugary drinks are bad for your health. Specifically, they can increase your risk for diabetes.
Adults who drink sugary beverages regularly have a 46-percent higher risk of developing pre-diabetes compared to those who avoid or rarely consume them. That’s according to researchers at Tufts University.
They analyzed information from the Framingham heart study’s offspring cohort. A program that monitors multiple generations for factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Data on more than 16-hundred middle-aged people over a 14-year period was studied. Researchers found that higher intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, defined as colas and other carbonated beverages, along with fruit drinks like lemonade and fruit punch was associated with increased insulin resistance. A risk factor for type two diabetes.
People who drank a median of six 12-ounce drinks a week had insulin-resistance scores roughly eight-percent higher than low- or non-consumers.
This study adds to a significant body of research that has linked sugary drinks with an increased diabetes risk.
The good news is that, if it’s diagnosed early, prediabetes is reversible through lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.