The Sugar Effect

Summer feels like the perfect time to reach for a tall, cool sweet drink or soda. Yet making this practice a daily routine could impact your overall health.

A University of Cambridge research team found that downing just one sugary drink a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Study author Fumiaki Imamura said that “even if people are lean,” one sugary sweet drink every 24 hours raises the risk of developing this chronic disease by 13 percent. Some 2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented over the next five years, researchers estimate, if Americans would forgo their sweet-drink habit.

Liquid sugar “fixes” come in the form of a variety of popular sodas and fruit drinks. For instance, one 20-ounce can of soda contains about 66 grams of sugar, an amount that is a whopping 130 percent of the FDA’s prescribed daily value. Daily amounts of added sugars should not exceed 10 percent of calories, according to health officials.