'Light' sodas hike diabetes risk: study
The study noted that women who drank "light" sodas tended to drink more of it -- 2.8 glasses a week on average compared to 1.6 glasses among women on "regular" sodas.
The findings are published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Its authors admitted the study had limitations.
"Information on beverage consumption was not updated during the follow-up, and dietary habits may have changed over time," the paper said.
"We cannot rule out that factors other than ASB (artificially sweetened beverages)... are responsible for the association with diabetes."
The authors urge further trials to prove a causal link.
The study covered women born between 1925 and 1950, who have been monitored since 1990.
The paper noted previous research which says that aspartame -- the most frequently-used artificial sweetener -has a similar effect on blood glucose and insulin levels as the sucrose used in regular sweeteners.
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