By Mark St. JohnThe Associated PressMarch 16, 2020 11:25:27A new study shows that people who drink the most sugar are more likely to develop diabetes.
The study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care, looked at the blood sugar levels of people who drank at least 3 drinks a day for at least 10 days.
Researchers said they found that people drinking sugar-sweetened beverages had higher blood sugar concentrations than those who drank no sugar.
Drinking more sugar could lead to higher blood pressure and increased cholesterol, the study authors said.
The findings are the first to show an association between sugar consumption and diabetes.
Drinkers who drank more than three drinks a week had the highest blood sugar concentration.
Those who drank two or more drinks a night had the lowest concentration.
The research found that more than 50 percent of those who consumed sugar drinks daily had diabetes, compared with 30 percent of the people who didn’t drink any sugar at all.
People who drank the most soda, on average, had a blood sugar level of about 115 mg/dL.
People with diabetes are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Drinks such as Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew and other sugar-containing drinks can increase blood sugar.