A new study has found that having a soda a day increases the risk of prediabetes. Prediabetes is considered a warning sign of diabetes, but even at this stage preventative measures can take place in order to reduce a person’s risk of developing diabetes.
The study found that a soda a day increased a person’s risk of prediabetes by 46 percent, but the same risk was not seen among diet soda drinkers. The study demonstrates the effects of regular sugar intake in soda on a cellular level.
Too much sugar can overexpose cells to insulin, the hormone required to break it down. Researcher Nicola McKeown explained, “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.”
In insulin resistance, blood sugar rises to dangerous levels, causing damage to organs and bodily functions.
The good news is, prediabetes is reversible and the easiest way to begin that process is by cutting down on sugar. Other ways to further reduce your risk of diabetes, even if you have prediabetes, is by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet.
It is well known that soda contains a high amount of sugar, so consuming the beverage daily can really add up over time. Opt for water instead to stay hydrated and avoid complications.