One fizzy drink a day may raise diabetes risk by fifth


Those who drank at least one 330ml can of pop, isotonic energy drink or other sugary soft beverage every day had a 22 per cent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes,  health researchers found.
This was partly down to their higher average body weight, but results suggested that other factors, such as higher insulin resistance, were largely to blame. Those who regularly drank artificially sweetened "diet" drinks were also at higher risk of diabetes, but this could be explained by their larger size, which is a key contributor to the disease.
Dr Dora Romaguera of Imperial College London, who led the study, said: "Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks should be given to the population."