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Posted on 01-09-2013

Good Morning everyone!

With the new year, lots of people have new years resolutions to lose weight and many of you are choosing diet sodas as an alternative to their sweet counterparts.  This study from the January 27, 2012 Journal of General Internal Medicine found that consuming these sodas can trigger vascular (blood vessel) events including stroke!

KEY POINTS FROM THIS STUDY:

1) This is the first study to examine the association between diet soft drink consumption and incident combined vascular events, including stroke.

2) The association between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and obesity, insulin sensitivity, and hypertension (high blood pressure) may be attributed to their high calorie and sugar load, and lack of nutrients.

3) “Artificially-sweetened ‘diet’ soft drinks have been marketed as healthier alternatives due to their lack of calories. However, recent studies suggested that diet soft drink consumption may also be associated with health consequences, particularly type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, ischemic stroke, and all-cause mortality.”

4) “Frequent diet soft drink consumption was uniquely associated with white race, former smoking, hypertension, elevated blood sugar, lower HDL, elevated triglycerides, increased waist circumference, BMI, peripheral vascular disease, previous cardiac disease, and the metabolic syndrome.”

5) “Frequent regular soft drink consumption was uniquely associated with male sex, black race, current smoking, carbohydrate consumption, greater diastolic BP, and lower prevalences of diabetes and hypercholesterolemia.”

6) “We found no association between regular soft drink consumption and risk of combined vascular events, adjusting for demographic and vascular risk factors.”

7) “Those who drank diet soft drinks daily had a 43% increased risk of vascular events as compared to those who did not drink diet soft drinks.” The data of this study also tended to show that the more diet sodas consumed per day the greater the incidence of vascular events.

8) “Light diet soft drink users did not have a significantly increased risk of vascular events.”

9) “Daily diet soft drink consumption was associated with a 66% increased risk of myocardial infarction as compared to no diet soft drink consumption.” [The greatest risk from daily consumption of diet sodas was heart attack].

10) When the authors excluded all participants who were obese, with a history of diabetes or metabolic syndrome, there was a “57% increased risk of vascular events among those who consumed regular soft drinks daily, and a 59% increased risk among those who consumed diet soft drinks daily.” [This means that even if you are healthier, either daily consumption of regular sodas or diet sodas are bad for you].

11) “After controlling for these potential confounders, daily diet soft drink consumption at baseline was associated with an increased risk for vascular events during follow-up.”

12) There is substantial literature on the negative health consequences of the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

13) This study agrees with previous studies that have shown an association between diet soft drink consumption and metabolic syndrome.

14) Diet sodas are significantly associated with elevated blood glucose levels, increased waist circumference and metabolic syndrome. [Ironically, people consume diet sodas precisely to avoid these problems].

15) “The health consequences associated with regular soft drink consumption may be attributed to its high caloric content, glycemic load and consequential inflammatory responses, and added sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, which may increase the risk of vascular disease due to its association with blood uric acid levels and triacylglycerol concentrations.”

16) Studies show that consumption of artificially sweetened drinks is associated with gaining weight.

17) Consumption of artificial sweeteners may weaken the ability to anticipate the caloric content of foods, leading to increased food intake and gain in body weight.

18) “The caramel coloring of both diet and regular soft drinks may contribute to increased levels of proinflammatory advanced glycation end products.” [Caramel colored sodas in and of themselves are bad for you].

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY:

Sugar sodas are bad for you. This study shows that diet sodas are not healthier than sugar sodas; diet sodas significantly increase the risk of vascular events, especially for heart attacks. Caramel coloring in any soda, sugar or diet, adds to the soda’s unhealthy risks.

Try to keep it natural with juices (morning only and only fresh) or water through a reverse osmosis filter.  Stay away from tap water as it is the #1 source for copper in our diet which is largely being found to be the #1 cause of Alzheimer's!

Have a blessed day folks.

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