NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, “Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation”, which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!
Research has shown that consuming sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes, and the American Diabetes Association recommends that people limit their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages as a preventive measure.
Sugary sodas raise blood glucose and deliver a hit of several hundred calories from a single serving: one 12-ounce can of regular soda has approximately 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate — equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar!
But has the message gotten through? Ninety percent of doctors think soda or sugary drink consumption is a significant contributor to obesity and more than two thirds (67 percent) think their patients should cut down the amount of soda they consume. But less than a third (31 percent) of people believe that large soda portions are a problem — and less than half (46 percent) think they should drink fewer unhealthy beverages.
Even among people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, only 47 percent think they should drink less soda. And when it comes to a ban on large sodas — the answer is a resounding “Not in my town!”