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Diet Sodas Linked To Metabolic Syndrome Regardless Of Overall Diet Habits
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Diet Sodas Linked to Metabolic Syndrome Regardless Of Overall Diet Habits

Researchers have linked diet soda to dietary problems in the past, citing the false expectations that is triggered in the body when they are consumed. A new study, published in the journal, General Internal Medicine, shows that diet sodas are being linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and vascular death while a second study, this one published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that diet sodas also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome, regardless of the type of diet that is being followed.

Kiyah Duffey, the lead author and researcher for the study followed more than four thousand young adults for more than two decades, watching each for signs of early or developing heart disease and other health factors. Some followed the "Prudent diet plan" which focuses on fish, fruits, nuts and whole grains while others followed the typical Western diet of fast food, excessive meat and poultry, refined grains, snacks and sugary drinks. In addition, each were also separated into another set of categories, consumer for those who drank diet sodas on a regular basis and non-consumers for those that did not.

Duffey watched for the signs of metabolic syndrome which includes a range of symptoms including abdominally centered obesity, elevated blood glucose, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. For those who followed the prudent diet plan, the risk of metabolic syndrome was greatly reduced overall. Non-consumers of diet soda were also less likely to meet the criteria for the syndrome with a nineteen percent lower overall risk. Of all of the conditions within the metabolic syndrome umbrella, however, they were at the lowest risk of abdominal obesity. But, irony was a shocking factor in the study according to Duffey. While people on the prudent diet monitored what they ate and made mostly good and healthy choices, they were also the group most likely to consume diet sodas. Those who followed the prudent diet and were also listed as non-consumers were determined to be at the lowest overall risk for all symptoms of metabolic syndrome while those who followed the Western diet and consumed diet soda were at the highest.

Other studies have suggested that diet soda causes hormonal changes that affect the body in terms of metabolism and hunger control and may set up desperate spikes for sugar cravings that are nearly impossible to ignore. Experts suggest that people who cannot completely break their soda habit would be better served with a very small serving of regular soda instead.


Street Talk

The worst part of consuming diet soda is that there is virtually nothing natural in it. The body was not designed to consume a chemical based diet lacking natural nutrients. Great article

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  about 7 years ago

There goes my soda. Good article.

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  about 7 years ago
Carson  

I've never been a diet soda drinker and reading this doesn't surprise me. Drinking "pop" is just bad for you and if it's something that you do regularly then you must realize there are many warnings out there. Diet or not, both are bad. Hey, I have a crazy idea...how about that stuff they call water?

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  about 7 years ago

My rule for the very occasional pop is simple: it's a regular one and I have to walk to the store to get it. If I can't put in the effort to walk to get it, then I must not want it very badly. Most of the time I am drinking plain water or water with spearmint leaves. (Refreshing!) I also drink lemon water because of the mild detoxification.

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  about 7 years ago

Great to know. Glad I drink coffee!

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  about 7 years ago

That's great! Coffee is really beneficial in a lot of ways. A new study has shown that it also improves the condition of the skin as well.

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  about 7 years ago
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