Drinking water can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes

Western Sydney diabetes experts are encouraging people to swap sugary drinks for nature’s finest aqua pura to avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ staff specialist and diabetes expert Professor Glen Maberly claims sugar-sweetened drinks may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“The risk is estimated to be 26 per cent greater among people consuming one to two servings per day, compared with those consuming less than one serve per month,” Professor Maberly said.

Sugar-sweetened drinks can include soft drinks, cordials, fruit drinks, vitamin waters, iced teas, energy and sports drinks.  They are the largest source of added sugar in the Australian diet and contain large amounts of empty kilojoules and can be easily consumed.

“Most people do not reduce how much they eat to allow for the extra kilojoules they consume in sugar drinks, so it’s easy to put on unwanted weight.

“On average, a 600ml bottle of soft drink contains 16 teaspoons of sugar.

“It is estimated that consuming one can of soft drink (375ml) a day could lead to a 6.75kg weight gain in a year.”

The World Health Organisation recommends restricting or avoiding the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks.  The daily recommended intake of sugar is six teaspoons.

Western Sydney Local Health District midwifery unit manager Vicki Wilde-Shooter adds hospital staff work really hard and need quick healthy options for a boost of energy during a busy shift.

“A piece of fruit, cheese and crackers, small tub of yoghurt, slice of raisin toast or a small handful of nuts will keep you going,” Ms Wilde Shooter said.

“Talk with your team about contributing fruit or healthy snacks to share during the shift.

“Tap water has zero calories, its cheap and contains fluoride which helps protect our teeth from decay.”

For more information about diabetes visit: itsabouttime.org.au