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The rise of excess consumption of sugary drinks

    This is Science Today. National consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has changed over time. In fact, epidemiologist Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo of the University of California, San Francisco, says there's evidence that sugary drinks are not just on the rise, but the consumption of other beverages in children, like milk, is on the decline.

Bibbins-Domingo:    So, there's clearly a trade-off going on and we know that these beverages are concerning from a health standpoint because people who consume these beverages are consuming more calories. And we also know there is something about the high glycemic index in these beverages that probably is promoting diabetes risk, independent of the amount of calories that are consumed. And so both of those things together we think lead to a small, but measurable change in the rates of diabetes in the U.S. To me, that supports the idea that interventions that might help us to reverse some of these trends could also then have measurable, positive health benefits in the future.

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