Diet Soda may increase risk of Type II Diabetes by 67%

A series of two year studies were conducted between 2000-2007 on daily consumers of diet soda.  In Januarycan-of-soda4 2009 the results were published in Diabetes Care noting a 67% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in diet soda drinkers.  In addition, the diet soda drinkers also demonstrated a 36% increase in a condition known as “metabolic syndrome”.

Metabolic syndrome is when three or more of the following health concerns exist in an individual:

  • Excessive fat around waist.
  • Elevated triglycerides (a type of fat) in blood.
  • Low levels of HDL cholesterol (sometimes called “good” cholesterol) in blood.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Higher than normal fasting blood sugar levels.

Although diet soda manufactures disagreed that there was a direct correlation, the authors of this study concluded by saying: “Diet soda consumption, either independently or in conjunction with other dietary and lifestyle behaviors, may lead to weight gain, impaired glucose control, and eventual diabetes.”

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