Numerous studies have linked sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks to an increased risk of diabetes, but researchers still aren’t sure if caffeine puts people at risk for the chronic disease.
A new study that followed more than 100,000 men and women for 22 years showed that those who drank sugar-sweetened drinks were as much as 23 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who don’t. The study also showed that the likelihood of developing diabetes over the years was higher by 13 percent among female caffeinated sugary drink consumers, and 11 percent for female decaffeinated sugary drink consumers. Men registered 16 and 23 percent, respectively. Caffeine-free artificially sweetened drinks were associated to a 6 percent increased risk of diabetes among women.
Coffee drinkers, however, showed slightly lower risks for developing diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. Female coffee-drinkers had an 8 percent lower risk whether they drank decaf or regular coffee. Men had a 4 percent risk with regular coffee and a 7 percent lower risk with decaf.
Researchers say that the data suggests that people who drink sugary beverages may benefit from switching to coffee or tea, though tea didn’t show as great a benefit in diabetes prevention as coffee.
Diabetes is a growing problem around the world. Almost all people diagnosed with the disease will have to rely on medication to regulate their blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications can cause adverse reactions.
For example, Avandia has been linked to heart attacks, Actos has been associated with an increased risk for bladder cancer, and Victoza has been found to increase the risk of thyroid cancer. If you have become ill after taking diabetes medications, you may have a case against the drug maker.