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Diet Soda and Metabolic Syndrome

Bad news about a recent study on Diet Soda from The New York Times. You can read more up-to-date health news by clicking on the blue type.

Published: February 5, 2008
Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome — the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure.

The scientists gathered dietary information on more than 9,500 men and women ages 45 to 64 and tracked their health for nine years.

Over all, a Western dietary pattern — high intakes of refined grains, fried foods and red meat — was associated with an 18 percent increased risk for metabolic syndrome, while a “prudent” diet dominated by fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry correlated with neither an increased nor a decreased risk.

But the one-third who ate the most fried food increased their risk by 25 percent compared with the one-third who ate the least, and surprisingly, the risk of developing metabolic syndrome was 34 percent higher among those who drank one can of diet soda a day compared with those who drank none.

“This is interesting,” said Lyn M. Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the paper, which was posted online in the journal Circulation on Jan. 22. “Why is it happening? Is it some kind of chemical in the diet soda, or something about the behavior of diet soda drinkers?”

February 14, 2008 - Posted by | Cold Drinks, Diet / Weight Loss, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, News


  1. Diet Soda is worse .. it’s all artificial.. I don’t let me diabetic son even try.. the doctors even told it’s better to avoid the artificial sweets & Sweetners and that its better to eat sugar and have the insulin sometimes.. better than sugar free crap!

    Comment by ::: ShoSho ::: | February 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. I used to drink diet sodas and use NutraSweet, and I switched. I just don’t think we have a clue about some of the things we are using. Like the Romans, drinking from their lead cups, slowly poisoning themselves. I think you are right, ShoSho, and I think you are very smart protecting your son that way.

    I have a cousin with Type 1 diabetes (juvenile onset) by the way – and he is over 50 now! He never thought he would live this long, and he is VERY healthy.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. I am addicted to diet coke :s I used to not drink soft drinks that much until my friend got me started on diet coke back in 2003, and I have been addicted ever since! I know its bad for me but I can’t eat a meal with out it (unless its breakfast then I NEED my OJ)

    Comment by Chirp | February 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. Oh Chirp! Oh Chirp, it really is SO bad for you! I pretty much gave it up on moving to Kuwait; in Qatar they used to have these little small cans of diet coke, like 6 ounces. When I couldn’t get the small cans here, I stopped. My husband just gave up sodas in November; he is so proud of himself AND he has lost about 10 lbs, not changing any other habits, just giving up soda. Soda – diet or not – just isn’t good for us.

    Oops, sorry, I didn’t mean to lecture you. 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 15, 2008 | Reply

  5. I think we diet soda drinkers gain weight b/c we feel justified eating a “little extra”, having avoided the calories of a sugary drink. We are so GOOD at rationalizing our bad behaviors. Upon reading this and other recent articles, I’ve given up ALL soda type drinks and am eagerly waiting to see the results…I’m certain my “abdominal obesity” will soon be gone 😉

    Comment by grammy | February 15, 2008 | Reply

  6. Oh Grammy, I sure wish it were that easy! What we need is a good water aerobics group!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 16, 2008 | Reply

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