Depending on who is backing a study, there can be any number of results that are determined and in the case of diabetes mellitus and obesity, these two conditions have been linked to any number of indulgences. However, a study done by the soda industry seems to indicate that there is no link between their products and these two conditions. Even as some studies have found a very clear correlation between the sugary beverages and diabetes mellitus and obesity.
According to TIME, when the study being done is funded by the soda industry it is much more likely that a correlating link will not be found between the drinks in question and any number of health conditions. A group of researchers looked at studies that were published between 2001 and 2016, all of which were studying the link between diabetes mellitus, obesity and the consumption of sodas and other sugary drinks. The research of these 60 studies was done after a lawsuit was brought by the soda industry against the city of San Francisco after the city started requiring warning labels on sugary beverages warning of links between consuming the drinks and health problems.
The New York Times reports that when looking at these studies, the researchers found that the methodology was quite rigorous even if the results were relatively different if the studies were done independently or by a group backed by the soda companies. When independent researchers were looking to find a link between the sugary beverages and diabetes mellitus or obesity, there was a clear link between the two things. However, 26 of the studies, all of which were led by researchers backed by the soda industry, found no link between the drinks and any health problems.
The research into the 60 studies was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and covered the scientific controversy that seems to be a part of the research based on who is behind the study being done. Dean Schillinger, who is the lead author of the research, indicated that when one looks at independent studies it becomes clear that there is a direct link between health problems and sugar laden beverages. However, there are people who do not believe this simply because of the controversy created by the soda industry.
This study is just the latest proof that the soda industry is trying to downplay the connection between indulging in sugary beverages and people having problems with obesity and diabetes mellitus. Previous reports have pointed to companies like Coca-Cola paying for scientific studies and other soda companies paying health experts and even dietitians in order to downplay how much of an impact these drinks can have on a person’s health.
By Dorothea James