CALLS for a local sugar tax have been bolstered by a major Australian-led study showing for that sugary drinks, irrespective of obesity or weight gain, can cause type 2 diabetes.

An Australian National University-led study of 40,000 adults has shown the more sugary drinks consumed by an individual the higher diabetes risk, meaning skinny people are not immune.

Men and women react differently to sugar-filled drinks like soft drink, flavoured milk and sweetened juices, and women are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes from regular consumption as opposed to men.

The study of 40,000 Thai adults from 2005 to 2013 has shown sugar-sweetened beverages are driving our diabetes epidemic.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes sugar. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, with 85-90 per cent Type 2 cases.

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