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American Beverage Association Responds to European Diabetes Paper
In response to “Consumption of sweet beverages and type 2 diabetes incidence in European adults: results from the EPIC-InterAct,” a study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:
“This study does not prove that regular soft drinks cause type 2 diabetes. Leading health organizations agree that the known risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, race or ethnicity, increasing age, lack of physical activity and family history of diabetes.”
On the Study:
- Assessment of dietary intake and body weight of the subject participants were taken only once - at baseline in 1991. Therefore, we know nothing about possible changes in diet and weight change during the follow-up period spanning up to 15 years.
- Further, the data used are not indicative of dietary intake today. This is critically important in light of the fact that obesity is a known risk factor for diabetes.
- A study published late last year in the Journal of Nutrition which looked at eight European countries found no association between digestible carbohydrate, including sugar, and diabetes risk.
- According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), those at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes include certain racial and ethnic groups (such as Hispanic/Latino, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives), as well as those who: are over age 45; have a family history of diabetes; are overweight; do not exercise regularly; have low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides; have high blood pressure; have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and/or impaired fasting glucose (IFG); have a history of cardiovascular disease; have polycystic ovary syndrome; have other clinical conditions associated with insulin resistance. In addition, women who had gestational diabetes, or who have had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more at birth, are at greater risk.
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