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      Soda Side Effects

      Researchers in Europe wanted to see if they could duplicate North American studies linking soft drinks and diabetes. They studied 27,000 people across seven countries. Writing in the journal "Diabetalogia," they report that 43% of them developed diabetes. Those who drank at least one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day had an 18% higher chance of getting type-two diabetes.

      T his is consistent with U.S. studies that find drinking soda is associated with a 25% increased risk of diabetes. Sweetened drinks are said to be the largest source of empty calories and processed sugar in both American and European diets. Rhere was even an association with *diet* soft drinks and type-two diabetes. Diet-soda drinkers who exercised and who maintained a healthy weight were no more likely to get type-two diabetes than non-soda drinkers.