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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 am

Americans are overloaded with added sugars — and many studies say it is a contributor to dental disease, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, gout, inflammation and belly fat.

When researchers tracked 91,000 women for eight years, those who drank at least one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day had an 83 percent higher risk of diabetes than those who drank less than one a month. When body weight was taken out of the equation, sweetened-beverage drinkers had a 40 percent higher risk of diabetes. Because we absorb sugar rapidly, our blood sugar spikes and problems begin.

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