It may not seem like a lot, but drinking just one can of sugary soda each day may be putting your health at risk. Scientists at Tufts University in Boston analyzed data from the ongoing Framingham Heart Study to determine that a daily sugar-sweetened beverage increases the risk of developing prediabetes by 46 percent.
Prediabetes is a milder form of high blood sugar that can lead to diabetes. Over time, too much sugar in the diet can impact healthy blood sugar levels, which in turn can pave the way for type 2 diabetes. “This constant spike in blood glucose over time leads to the cells not becoming able to properly respond, and that’s the beginning of insulin resistance,” said lead author Nicola McKeown.
The good news, according to study authors, is that prediabetes is reversible with the help of simple diet and lifestyle changes, and eliminating sugary drinks—one of the main sources of sugar in the standard American diet—can go a long way toward promoting healthy blood sugar and overall well-being.