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A Tufts study found just one sugary drink per day can raise your risk for prediabetes

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Americans who regularly consume sugary soft drinks are at risk of developing prediabetes, according to a study released Wednesday by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

How much is too much? Less than you might think.

The study found adults who consumed at least one can of soda per day (not including diet soda) had a 46% higher risk of prediabetes and increased insulin compared to low- or non-consumers over a 14-year period.

Follow this Tufts University link to the full study.

'Trajectory to developing diabetes'

The study found higher sugar-sweetened beverage intake was also associated with increased insulin resistance, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

"If lifestyle changes are not made, individuals with prediabetes are on the trajectory to developing diabetes,” said Nicola McKeown, Ph.D., a scientist in the Nutritional Epidemiology Program at the USDA HNRCA. Instead, drink water or unsweetened coffee or tea, McKeown said.

You've probably heard "soda is bad for you" before, but can you resist?

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