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Both sugary drinks and fruit juice may raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, and not just by leading to weight gain. Researchers tracked roughly 192,000 men and women for up to 26 years. Those who consumed at least one daily 8 oz. serving of drinks that are high in either added or fruit sugars—which included soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, and fruit juice—over four years had a 23 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than one serving a week. Weight gain explained roughly a quarter of the increased risk. Although the scientists took many other factors into account, it’s possible that something else about sugary-beverage drinkers explains their higher risk.