It’s well established that drinking sugary soda can lead to obesity, diabetes, and many other health problems. But many people think they are protecting themselves by opting for zero-calorie diet soda instead.
We’ve said for years that diet sodas aren’t any healthier for you. And now, a new study confirms what we’ve known all along…
Drinking the equivalent of just over one can of soda a day more than doubles the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to Swedish researchers. Drinking a liter a day (just under three cans), raises diabetes risk a whopping tenfold.
And here’s the important message from this study: The diabetes-inducing effects are the same whether you drink regular or diet soda.1
It doesn’t seem to make sense that something that contains no sugar can cause the high blood sugar levels that lead to diabetes. And scientists don’t know exactly how diet soda triggers the disease. But they theorize it happens in two ways.
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Nutritional researcher Josefin Edwall Löfvenborg of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is the lead author of the study. “Consumption of diet soft drinks may stimulate appetite and make us increase our food intake, especially sweet/sugary foods,” she said. “This can lead to us becoming overweight, which is a risk factor for diabetes.”
And Löfvenborg says artificial sweeteners destroy “good” bacteria in the gut. This can lead to glucose intolerance. It’s linked to diabetes.2
The study was published recently in the European Journal of Endocrinology.
Löfvenborg notes that diabetes is far from the only threat posed by diet soda.
Diet Soda Health Dangers
- Obesity: University of Texas researchers found that diet soda drinkers gain far more weight than non-soda drinkers. Over 10 years they had a 70% greater increase in waist size.3
- Heart failure: A 2008 Swedish study found that men who drink two or more servings of diet soda a day have a 23% greater risk of heart failure.4
- Kidney problems: Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that women who drink two or more diet sodas a day have 30% lower kidney function.
- Depression: The American Academy of Neurology found that artificially sweetened drinks raise the risk of depression by 30%.
- Premature birth: A Danish study found that pregnant women who drink one diet soda a day are 38% more likely to have a preterm delivery.5
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In Good Health,
Executive Director, INH Health Watch