Sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes

 Regular consumption of sugary drinks is associated with an increase in risk of type 2 diabetes, independent of obesity status, a study shows.

Researchers estimate millions of diabetes cases may be attributable to sugar-laden beverages.

Diet soft drinks and fruit juice are often considered good substitutes, but they are “unlikely to be healthy alternatives”, the researchers show.

In a meta-analysis of 17 observational studies,