It was found by a Swedish study that diet soda, just like sugary soft drinks, can trigger diabetes.
Most people know that drinking sugary soda can lead to diabetes, obesity, and many other health problems. But by opting for zero-calorie diet soda instead many people think they are protecting themselves.
Now it is confirmed with the new study that diet sodas are not any healthier for you.
According to Swedish researchers, we can double the risk of type 2 diabetes just by drinking the equivalent of over one can of soda a day.
The most important message from this study is that whether you drink regular or diet soda the diabetes-inducing effects are the same.
Maybe it seems that it doesn’t make sense that something that contains any sugar can cause the blood sugar levels to rise and lead to diabetes. The scientists haven’t found yet how exactly diet soda triggers the disease. But their theory is that it happens in two ways.
- When we consume diet soft drinks they may stimulate our appetite and make us increase our food intake, especially sugary/sweet foods. This can lead to an overweight problem, which is a risk factor for diabetes.
- All the “good” bacteria in the gut are destroyed by artificial sweeteners. This can lead to glucose intolerance which is linked to type 2 diabetes.
And diabetes is far from the only threat posed by diet soda.
Diet Soda Health Dangers
Heart failure: A Swedish study found that 23% greater risk of heart failure have men who drink two or more servings of diet soda a day.
Obesity: Researchers from the University of Texas found that diet soda drinkers gain far more weight than non-soda drinkers.
Kidney problems: Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that 30% lower kidney function have women who drink two or more diet sodas a day.
Premature birth: As was found by Danish study pregnant women who drink one diet soda a day have 38% more chances to have a preterm delivery.
Depression: It was found by The American Academy of Neurology that artificially sweetened drinks increase the risk of depression by 30%.