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New Study: Diet Soda May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Metabolic Syndrome.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 11, 2007

New Study: Diet Soda May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Metabolic Syndrome — by Catherine Morgan and cross-posted at BlogHer.org

A new study, says that drinking more than one soda a day (even if it is a diet or sugar free soda), can be associated with an increased incidence of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Low-Carb Diets to combat metabolic syndrome

Eating a low-carb diet improves the hormonal signaling involved in obesity and improves the sense of fullness, allowing weight loss, according to study leader Matthew R. Hayes, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

People with metabolic syndrome struggle with excessive abdominal fat; low levels of HDL — good — cholesterol; and insulin resistance or glucose intolerance, in which the body doesn’t properly use insulin or blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, according to the American Heart Association.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

People with the metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases related to plaque buildups in artery walls (e.g., stroke and peripheral vascular disease) and type 2 diabetes. The metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States. It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans have it.

Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome

Tackling one of the risk factors of metabolic syndrome is tough — taking on all of them might seem overwhelming. But aggressive lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication can improve all of the metabolic syndrome components. Getting more physical activity, losing weight and quitting smoking help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These changes are key to reducing your risk.

Are Diet Soda and Metabolic Syndrome Linked?

Soda makers rejected the study. “The assertions defy the existing body of scientific evidence, as well as common sense,” said Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive of the American Beverage Assn.

In a statement on Monday, the American Heart Assn. said that diet soda remained “a good option to replace caloric beverages that do not contain important vitamins and minerals.”

Water, diet soft drinks and fat-free or low-fat milk remain better choices than full-calorie soft drinks, the group said.

Let me just point out, that this new study is not suggesting you drink regular soda instead of diet soda. Basically, both bad for you. Eliminating them from your diet would the the most healthy thing to do. However, if you can’t give up your soda, then diet would still be the “lesser” of two evils. My suggestion would be; if you can’t stop “cold turkey”, consider decreasing the amount you drink gradually. Remember, every step you can take towards a healthier diet, is a step in the right direction – even if they are just baby steps.

From the Fit Shack

What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the previous forty thousand. – Eric Schlosser, “Fast Food Nation”

Obesity, diabetes, liver and heart disease, etc. etc. etc. are not confined to the United States. China actually consumes more fast food than America, and they are also experiencing the health problems that come with it.

And from Tery at Dailyeats pointed me in the direction of this interesting article…

Female Cola Drinkers Vulnerable To Bone Loss

Women who are prone to bone loss might consider discovering the wonders of ginger ale. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that regular cola consumption by women may lead to a loss of bone mineral density (BMD) in the hips and, ultimately, osteoporosis. The findings applied to cola, diet cola, and, to a slightly lesser extent, decaffeinated cola, but no correlation was found among other carbonated beverages. In addition, cola consumption was not found to have similar effects in men.

ALSO SEE: New study…Pot Bellies Point to Heart Disease

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
also at Women 4 Hope and Informed Voters

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16 Responses to “New Study: Diet Soda May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Metabolic Syndrome.”

  1. Just keep it in moderation. Too much consumption of almost anything that isn’t water is bad. Drink 8 cups a day of apple juice and you will have problems.

    I try to keep my diet soda intake down to two glasses a week or less.

  2. Hi Catherine,

    I hope you’re doing better and are over your bronchitis by now!

    Thanks for the link, I love the quote by Eric Schlosser….love it because it’s good to be reminded about what’s going on today with our fabulously “advanced” processed food industry (a bit of sarcasm there 😉 ), because it is so very unhealthy.

    I heartily agree with you on: “Remember, every step you can take towards a healthier diet, is a step in the right direction – even if they are just baby steps”….whatever you can do to make positive changes in your daily diet, even if all you begin with is eliminating sodas and replacing them with pure water, is a step in a positive, healthy direction! 🙂

  3. lauriewrites said

    Oh why must everything be bad for me. : (

    Good information per usual, though, Ms. Catherine.

    lauriewrites.typepad.com

  4. liara said

    Thanks for the insight. These research findings aren’t that surprising. Previously published cases involving artificial sweeteners and other additives or substitutes have been proven to cause cancer and other irregular health effects in mice in labs.

    A significant question worth asking is, why are humans so eager to create substitutes? If its a question of quantity, whatever happened to moderation? Why do so many people prefer to consume larger quantities artificial foods and beverages to less of the real macoy? My maternal grandmother lived to the age of 95 and she only ate real butter and cream and high fat foods. She only became diabetic in her 90s. The true physiological costs of consuming artificial foods or substitutes are difficult to measure in modern times.

    People seldom recognize that when chemists lower fat or sugar content to help companies market “healthier” foods and beverages, carbohydrate or other often heavy ingredients are increased to compensate for the lack of what’s missing. Thus, diet foods aren’t meant to be eaten in huge quantities. Diet pop or sugar-free ice cream aren’t meant to be consumed by the gallon.

  5. I agree 100% Liara, thanks for your comment.

  6. adwait said

    hi cath!!!!!!

    its realy vry valuable information. thnks fr sharing.

  7. I think that it all comes down to moderation. We live in a society these days of excess and it is easy to get swept up in the “more of everything” craze. I know it is easier to say then to do, but creating the proper balance between healthy and not so healthy foods is the key. From my experience when you eliminate any food from your diet which you love, the next time you do have it, you binge on it.

  8. Victorine said

    Hi…i love your site…so informative, positive, uplifting & interesting!!!

    I think sometimes I’m addicted to pop! so hard to give up…i am going to start weaning myself today!! I’ll start replacing with water. Wish me luck!

    http://www.lordiwanttobewhole.blogspot.com

  9. Keven said

    Just keep it in moderation. Too much consumption of anything is bad for your health even water.

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  16. Soda it not good for anybody…even diet soda. Heck they put a special chemical additive in it that actually creates bone loss. I mean its and additive not just the high fructose corn syrup, flavoring and coloring. Even in Diet soda. Not surprising to me that it is linked to Diabetes, etc. Thanks great article

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