November 01, 2010
Sugary Sodas Boost Insulin Resistance Risk

No surprise here but a useful reminder: A meta analysis of studies on sugary beverage consumption and health finds risk of metabolic syndrome and insulin-resistant type diabetes.

Boston, MAA new study has found that regular consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a clear and consistently greater risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, the study provides empirical evidence that intake of sugary beverages should be limited to reduce risk of these conditions.

Since I already only drink water and the occasional beer this does not fall into the category of News I Can Use. But surely some readers must still be drinking the demon cola drinks on a regular basis. If so, confess the heinous sin of soda gluttony. Beware of where it can take you.

Parenthetically, sugary drinks are still widely available in schools. Schools ought to just ban them.

Avoid insulin resistance and weight gain.

The findings showed that drinking one to two sugary drinks per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 26% and the risk of metabolic syndrome by 20% compared with those who consumed less than one sugary drink per month. Drinking one 12-ounce serving per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 15%.

"The association that we observed between soda consumption and risk of diabetes is likely a cause-and-effect relationship because other studies have documented that sugary beverages cause weight gain, and weight gain is closely linked to the development of type 2 diabetes," said Hu.

So let me state the obvious: Bad foods really are bad for you.

Then we come to good foods. Vitamin K, found in high concentrations in kale and spinach, slows the development of insulin resistance. So good foods really are good for you too.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 November 01 11:04 PM  Aging Diet Metabolism

hbd chick said at November 2, 2010 1:19 PM:

@Randall - "Since I already only drink water and the occasional beer...."

what about teh red wine?! is good for u! (^_^)

Randall Parker said at November 2, 2010 9:45 PM:

hbd chick,

Seriously: I eat a lot of (dark for maximal benefit) grapes and raisins. So I do not expect to get anything additional from wine. I also eat montmorency cherries, prunes, and cranberries.

By contrast, when I drink beer I get silicon against osteoporosis.

BTW, I also take a high dose vitamin K capsule about once a week.

hbd chick said at November 3, 2010 4:39 PM:

well, i'm gonna have to start drinking more beer then! but, sadly, i recently found that budweiser gives me a headache. (;_;) can't even take a couple of sips of one. dunno about other beers. yet. further research is clearly called for. (~_^)

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