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Opting for plain water might prevent diabetes

Posted: May 31, 2012 |   Comments

Choose water to hydrate your body - say no to sugary fruit juices and sodas! Here's a challenge - drink nothing but water and herbal tea for a week, see the changes in your energy and body.

(Reuters Health) - Women who chose plain water, instead of sweet drinks such as sodas or fruit juice, had a slightly lowered risk of developing diabetes in a large new study.

The results, based on more than 80,000 women followed for more than a decade, suggest that adding water to the sugary beverages a person drinks throughout the day won't make a difference, but replacing sweet drinks with water could help stave off the metabolic disorder.

"It is essentially not that water helps, except with hydration, but that the others hurt," Barry Popkin, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health who was not involved in the study, told Reuters Health.

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