The not-so-sugary drink: What are the ill Effects of Sugary Drink Relating to Diabetes

There is a fascination with sugary drinks in every nook and corner of the country. Be it young or old, everyone has a craze about the drinks. Despite many studies and doctors commenting on the ill effects of sugary drinks, it has slowly become a health hazard for the larger masses.


Sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks, including packaged ones, are popular drinks consumed in large numbers. Not only these, diet teas, sugar-free gums, sugar-free energy drinks, and diet lemonade drink mixes also pose cascading effects on one’s health.


Not going in for a typical dal roti sabzi concept, many are hooked to fast foods and, with it, a bottle of sugary drinks. There is a misconception that having fizzy drinks helps to digest the food. Not providing nutritional value to one’s diet leads to a cascading effect on health.



Danger lurks with the consumption of these drinks. Recent reports suggest that these drinks lead to liver cancer, with one who consumes at least one sugar-sweetened beverage having an 85 percent chance of developing liver cancer. Though this is a matter of debate, the circumstances of one acquiring cancer in the long run prevail. This apart, options for weight gain, obesity, and diabetes exist. India, known to be the diabetes capital of the world, needs to think about the consumption of sugary drinks. The high sugar content in the drinks also affects the teeth, leading to decay and cavities, heart diseases, bone health, etc. Manifold risks are associated with the consumption of particular beverages, and studies by various organizations delve deep into the health crisis.


What does the study say?

Aspartame, an artificial non-saccharide sweetener 200 times sweeter than sucrose, is commonly used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages. IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, particularly the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has declared aspartame may be a possible carcinogenic hazard to humans. Other surveys across various places in India suggest that many Indians consume foods with this low-calorie, popular artificial sweetener.


However, WHO also went on to state that aspartame is safe in limited quantities, and there is a need for more investigations on its classification. Aspartame is also recognized as a tabletop sweetener, which is marketed as a suitable option for people looking for ‘diet,’ ‘zero sugar’ or ‘no’ or ‘low-calorie’ alternatives.


What does the future behold?

The craze for sugary drinks is going to be there. Unless the health hazards of these drinks are put to the fore by the health department, the day is not far when India will have a larger population suffering from various diseases associated with having the drinks.


Looking at the health hazards, the onus lies on consumers on whether to continue to consume sugary drinks or keep away from the drinks.