Eating one or two drinks containing sugar every day increases the risk of diabetes by up to 26%, and the risk of metabolic syndrome by 20%, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health (United States). The study relates the daily consumption of these beverages with the presence of hypertension and excess abdominal circumference, which are risk factors for diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease.
The study, published in the journal 'Diabetes Care', has revealed that people who take these sugary drinks frequently (including children) also have a greater tendency to overweight, one of the risk factors associated with diabetes, so It seems that there is a cause-effect relationship between the consumption of this type of drinks and the risk of diabetes.
The consumption of this type of drinks on a regular basis, and not sporadically or in celebrations as happened years ago, has spread in industrialized societies and it is very common for even the smallest to include them in their daily diet. Experts believe that they should limit the consumption of these drinks and, especially in the case of children, eliminate them from the daily diet and consume them only exceptionally, since they usually have no nutritional properties and only provide calories.
It is estimated that one third of the European adult population suffers from overweight and, of these, close to a quarter is obese. In Spain, the prevalence of overweight is 34.4% of adults (11.4% of obesity). A worrisome fact is that, according to the Study on the Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity carried out in Spain in 2009, 42% of overweight people and 22% of obese people think that they are at their "ideal weight".
Health professionals warn of the need to stop the advance of obesity as soon as possible, since it is a modifiable risk factor for many pathologies (such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes), which can be prevented by adopting some eating habits healthy and exercising.