In recent times, researchers have found a link between lemonade and cola on the one hand and diabetes on the other. They believe that these drinks cause a spike in the risk of type 2 diabetes. Full fat drinks or sugary soft drinks, as we know them, are directly linked with poor health, if drunk regularly.
What research says:
According to research, by drinking lemonade, energy drinks or colas, the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity increase. Doctors generally advise their diabetic patients to avoid drinking sugar-based drinks and less regularly by those with an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes. The Department of Health, UK, recommends that one’s daily sugar intake should not exceed 10% of energy from sugars per day. This translates to 70 gm or less of sugar per day for men and 50 gm for women.
However, a half litre bottle of a cola, for instance, contains 60% of the daily recommended maximum sugar intake!! Though there’s no set amount of sugar diabetics should take per day, yet people in general feel the need to reduce their sugar intake to less than the Department’s suggestion so that they their blood glucose is well within acceptable limits.
Sugary drinks and diabetes:
The reason doctors are against diabetics drinking sugar-based drinks is that they can cause sharp spikes in blood sugar levels or plain glucose intolerance.
Sugary drinks and hypoglycaemic:
On the other hand, sugary drinks can come to a diabetic’s rescue when his blood glucose levels go low, a condition better known as hypoglycaemia. Sugary drinks help bring blood sugar levels to acceptable levels quickly and therefore this is regarded as a good quick fix for those with low blood sugar levels. However, if a diabetic is on insulin for diabetes, then to suffer from hypoglycaemia can be extremely dangerous.
One should drink about 100ml of a sugar-based drink like a cola or a glucose drink to bring up his blood glucose levels to normal.
These drinks are also beneficial for diabetics who need their blood glucose levels to be normal, both before a workout and during.
Sugar-based drinks and type 2 diabetes risk:
According to a study conducted by Harvard University in 2010, by regularly drinking one or more cans of sugar-based drinks per day, people had an increased risk for type 2 diabetes to the tune of 26%.
Sugar-based drinks and weight gain:
Drinking colas or lemonade or such drinks regularly can easily lead to weight gain. In fact, it has been found that half litre of cola is the equivalent of 11% of an adult’s calorific intake per day.
On the flip side, sugar-based drinks jack up blood sugar levels abruptly, causing the drinker to experience tiredness and intense hunger, even though he or she may not be diabetic. Additionally, they don’t add any nutritional value, apart from being a source of energy.
The bottom line of this research is that as one drinks more and more of sugar-based drinks, his or her weight increases proportionately.