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Excess consumption of sugary drinks linked to diabetes

        This is Science Today. Excess consumption of sugary drinks, which have been on the rise in the last decade, is a big contributor to new cases of diabetes. Those were the findings of a University of California, San Francisco study conducted by epidemiologist Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo.  

Bibbins-Domingo:     What we asked was how much of the current diabetes that we have today can we attribute to this rise in consumption of these sugary drinks over the prior decade. And what we found was that as much as 100,000 cases of current diabetes in the U.S. could be attributed completely to the rise in sugared-sweetened beverages over the prior decade.

Narrator:        The researchers used a well-established computer model to conduct their study.

Bibbins-Domingo:     We took available data that show that as we watch people over time, people who consume the most amount of soft drinks have the highest risk of developing diabetes.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.