Firstly, I want to announce that anytime I give a recommendation, it will now be referenced so you can read the science for yourself and know I didn’t make it up. Then, if you want to tell me you disagree, I’ll ask for your references as well. We’ll learn more from each other this way, it’s a win-win. :)
I recently read about how just one soda a day hikes up a person’s diabetes risk by a whole lot. This study concluded that other drinks containing High Fructose Corn Syrup did the same thing. This would include sweet tea, energy drinks, etc.
An article talking about this study is here.
This study showed that people who had one soda a day were more than 25% more likely to get type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t have nearly so much soda (no more than one drink per month).
Most people I know have at least one soda or sugary drink each day. Does that mean many people have increased their risk for type 2 diabetes by 25% or more? It looks that way. So while type 2 diabetes isn’t caused by too much sugar, it looks like drinks with High Fructose Corn Syrup play some sort of a role in type 2 diabetes incidences, no?
Anyway, it’s not too late to cut out sugary drinks. No matter who you are or what diabetes you have you can still decide to do this.
Not only will you significantly improve your health with one step, but you’ll likely drop a few pounds (as long as you don’t make an increase in caloric intake somewhere else in your diet).
I had a hard time giving up regular soda when I was 11 and diagnosed type 1 diabetic. I never had more than one soda a week but, still. I enjoyed that one soda a week. I didn’t like diet sodas for a while but, eventually learned to absolutely love the taste of Diet Coke. Then after researching artificial sweeteners I decided to cut out Diet Coke, too. This was really hard but, after doing so felt so much better and stopped feeling hungry all the time. Now, I enjoy a Diet Coke about once a month and that’s it.
The key is just adjusting to a new norm. Even though it feels impossible to substitute water for sodas or other sugary drinks, it won’t always feel that way.
Something that helped me adjust was to add lemon or lime juice to my water and to discover herbal teas. I also enjoy making my own hot cocoa which allows me to control how much sugar goes in. Over time you’ll be pleased to notice that a regular soda suddenly tastes so sweet it makes you gag.
The point of all this is, A) studies prove you have lots to gain by cutting out or minimizing sugary drinks, and B) I know you can do it!
Start today and if you have a hard time, just minimize your intake very gradually so you hardly notice.
Note: If your blood sugar gets low and you usually drink something sweet to correct it, I suggest 100% natural juice or drinks with sugar and not High Fructose Corn Syrup. I usually carry 100% orange juice with me at all times.