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Two sugar-sweetened beverages per day associated with 43% greater risk of diabetes in women

Women who consumed two (2) or more servings of sugar-sweetened beverages per day were 43% more likely to develop diabetes during an average follow-up of 8.4 years compared to women who consumed less than one (1) serving per week according to the Women’s Health Initiative study.

Substituting one (1) serving of a sugar-sweetened beverages per day with water was associated with a 10% reduction in the risk of diabetes.

Subjects: 64,850 postmenopausal women

This study has followed 64,850 postmenopausal women since 1993-1998.


Huang M, Quddus A, Stinson L, Shikany JM, Howard BV, Kutob RM, Lu B, Manson JE, and Eaton CB. Artificially sweetened beverages, sugar-sweetened beverages, plain water, and incident diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women: the prospective Women’s Health Initiative observational study. Am J Clin Nutr, 2017 Aug; 106(2): 614-622.

Corresponding Author’s Contact Info

Charles B Eaton
Department of Epidemiology
Brown University School of Public Health
Providence, RI, USA

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