6. Sugary drinks increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes

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As mentioned above, soda consumption can lead to insulin resistance, which usually progresses to metabolic syndrome.

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health now specifically associates sugary beverages to the development of type 2 diabetes.

The research showed that drinking one to two sugary drinks per day increased the chance of type 2 diabetes by 26 percent, compared to those who consumed less than one sugary drink per month. Drinking just one serving per day increased the risk by 15 percent.

If type 2 diabetes doesn’t sound that serious to you, maybe some of its complications will. Not only can the disease result in heart and blood vessel disease, nerve, kidney, eye, and foot damage, hearing problems, and Alzheimer’s disease, it can even lead to nerve damage in the foot, resulting in infections (some of which may lead to amputation of the limb).

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