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Obese women with diabetes should replace diet drinks with water to lose weight

Overweight and obese women with type 2 diabetes should replace diet beverages with water if they want to lose weight, a new study suggests. 
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Overweight and obese women with type 2 diabetes should replace diet beverages with water if they want to lose weight, a new study suggests

Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran studied 81 overweight or obese women with type 2 diabetes who usually consumed diet drinks as part of a weight loss programme.

The women were asked to either substitute diet drinks for water or continue with the diet beverages 5 times a week after lunch for 24 weeks.

The researchers found that women who substituted diet drinks for water for 24 weeks had greater weight loss than those who consumed the diet beverages (-6.40 vs -5.25kg).

Women who switched to water also had a greater reduction in

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Overweight and obese women with type 2 diabetes should replace diet beverages with water if they want to lose weight, a new study suggests


Research showed that women who substituted diet drinks for water
experienced greater weight loss. Picture: iStock

Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran studied 81 overweight or obese women with type 2 diabetes who usually consumed diet drinks as part of a weight loss programme. 

The women were asked to either substitute diet drinks for water or continue with the diet beverages 5 times a week after lunch for 24 weeks. 

The researchers found that women who substituted diet drinks for water for 24 weeks had greater weight loss than those who consumed the diet beverages (-6.40 vs -5.25kg).

Women who switched to water also had a greater reduction in body mass index (-2.49 vs -2.06kg/m2) and experienced greater improvements in fasting blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. 


Pharm A M et al (2016) Beneficial effects of replacing diet beverages with water on type 2 diabetic obese women following a hypo-energetic diet: A randomized, 24-week clinical trial. Diabetes, Obesity and metabolism. Doi:10.1111/dom.12793

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