Researchers studied whether drinking different beverages affected risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with Type 2 Disease. 15,486 people with Type 2 Diabetes participated in the study. The participants underwent follow-ups for a period of almost two decades. The researchers looked at consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, artificially sweetened beverages, fruit juice, coffee, tea, plain water, low fat milk and full fat milk.
The study concluded that a higher intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, high fat milk and artificially sweetened beverages increased risk of death due to heart related complications. Intake of coffee, tea, plain water and low fat milk was seen to be inversely associated with death from any cause. The research highlighted the need for making healthy dietary choices (even healthy beverage choices) in order to manage the risk of heart disease and premature death in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
British Medical Journal, 2023