Does eating sugary foods or beverages cause diabetes?
This is not a simple “yes” or “no” answer. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes. Sugary foods and beverages are often high in calories and therefore can contribute to excess weight gain.
The American Diabetes Association does recommend that people should limit their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages include: regular sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sport drinks, sweet tea and other sugary drinks.