A new European study suggests people may want to think twice before reaching for spare change to grab a soda because it could lead to health problems.
According to the study, drinking one 12-ounce serving of soda a day could increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 22 percent.
"At first it seems surprising that even one soda a day can lead to Type 2 diabetes, but when you consider how much sugar goes into even one 12-ounce can of soda, it is amazing," said Dr. April Schulte-Barclay.
Even the diet drinks that don't have sugar can carry a risk because artificial sweeteners can cause inflammation, the study says.
The researchers looked through more than 15 years of data comparing people who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soda daily with those who did not drink soda. The results were consistent with what earlier studies in the United States found. The new study was published April 24, 2013 in the journal Diabetologia.
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