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23.04.2023


Soft drinks accelerate type-2 diabetics' departure to the afterlife

Diabetics who are so anxious about the future that they want to die as soon as possible could try increasing their daily intake of soft drinks. Diabetics, on the other hand, who would like to experience the better times ahead, should avoid soft drinks and drink plain water instead. Or tea or coffee.


Diabetics who are so anxious about the future that they want to die as soon as possible could try increasing their daily intake of soft drinks. Diabetics, on the other hand, who would like to experience the better times ahead, should avoid soft drinks and drink plain water instead. Or tea or coffee.


Study
Diabetics who are so anxious about the future that they want to die as soon as possible could try increasing their daily intake of soft drinks. Diabetics, on the other hand, who would like to experience the better times ahead, should avoid soft drinks and drink plain water instead. Or tea or coffee.
Harvard University epidemiologists published a study in the BMJ in which they followed 15,486 men and women with type 2 diabetes for an average of 18 years.

Data were collected in the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The study participants had completed questionnaires about their dietary habits. The researchers tried to find a link between the intake of beverages and the risk of death.

During the period they were followed, 49.3 percent of the study participants died.

Results
Soft drinks sweetened with sugars [SSBs] increased the risk of death, low-calorie soft drinks with artificial sweeteners [ASBs] and milk had no effect on the risk of death. Water, coffee, tea and low-fat milk correlated negatively with mortality. Consumption of water, coffee and tea therefore reduced the risk of death.


Diabetics who are so anxious about the future that they want to die as soon as possible could try increasing their daily intake of soft drinks. Diabetics, on the other hand, who would like to experience the better times ahead, should avoid soft drinks and drink plain water instead. Or tea or coffee.


Diabetics who are so anxious about the future that they want to die as soon as possible could try increasing their daily intake of soft drinks. Diabetics, on the other hand, who would like to experience the better times ahead, should avoid soft drinks and drink plain water instead. Or tea or coffee.


Click on the explanation above for a larger version. It describes how the researchers brushed off their data, hoping to remove the effect of other variables.

The chart above refers to limited consumption. If you drink a relatively large amount of soft drinks with sweeteners - let's say: more than 4 glasses a day - then ASBs are no longer neutral as far as the risk of death is concerned. That may be because sweeteners can reduce insulin sensitivity.


Diabetics who are so anxious about the future that they want to die as soon as possible could try increasing their daily intake of soft drinks. Diabetics, on the other hand, who would like to experience the better times ahead, should avoid soft drinks and drink plain water instead. Or tea or coffee.


Mechanisms
Water reduces the risk of cardiovascular death. Coffee and tea without sugar may be healthy because they contain phenols that may have positive health effects.

"Regular consumption of coffee may significantly reduce systematic inflammation", write the researchers. "In particular, chlorogenic acid has been shown to delay intestinal glucose uptake and inhibit hepatic gluconeogenesis."

"Tea is also a good source of polyphenols, especially catechins, which bear antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Catechins could also modulate several key genes in triacylglycerol biosynthesis, protect pancreatic beta cells, and improve the cellular redox state.

Source:
BMJ. 2023 Apr 19;381:e073406.

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