For teens, using electronic devices and too much screen time is linked to drinking more sodas and energy drinks. This can lead to poor health.

More about soda, electronic devices, and diabetes

It is common knowledge that drinking sodas, energy drinks and other sugary drinks are bad for our health. In fact, it can even lead to obesity, diabetes, poor sleep, and dental problems. In general, these sodas are not as popular today as they were 10 years ago. However, these drinks still create major health problems specifically for teens in the United States.

From 2013-2016, less people are drinking energy drinks and sodas. However, the researchers of this study found a direct link between how much time a teen spends using electronic devices (especially watching television) and drinking more soda and caffeine drinks. This means that the more minutes a teens spend watching television, for example, increases the likelihood that they drink more soda and energy drinks. Why is this? Researchers think it could be because when you are in front of a screen, you are more likely to eat and snack in a distracted way.

Drinking lots of soda and energy drinks can cause weight gain and increase your risk of diabetes. A lot of screen time can also lead to a sedentary lifestyle, lower physical activity, and increased anxiety and depression for teens.

In conclusion, the researchers suggest to address lifestyle factors (such as less time watching television and less time using electronic devices). One way is through counseling or other health programs to help reduce sugar and caffeine consumption, especially for young teens. By limiting sodas, we can improve health for this population and even prevent diabetes. For Latinos with diabetes, this study is extremely important because minority youth, including Latinos, tend to drink more sugar-sweetened beverages than their non-Latino white peers. Latinos are also at higher risk for developing diabetes in general.

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