Must stop diet soda

Diet soda is no better than sugar-laden soda, it seems.

At the recently concluded 71st American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California, it was reported in two separate studies that diet soda causes the body to accumulate abdominal fat, lower circulating insulin levels, increase serum glucose levels, and promote insulin resistance which is bad and may lead to a diabetic condition.

In one longitudinal human study done by researchers at the School of Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, diet soda consumers reported a 70 per cent greater waistline circumference (higher abdominal fat) than non-consumers over a period of a decade.

Worse, those who took two or more diet sodas per day increased this measurement by 500 per cent more than the control group.

Excess fat in the belly is a risk factor for several illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.

In a second study done on lab mice, it was demonstrated that aspartame, a major sweetener of diet soda, enhances fasting blood glucose levels and reduces the level of circulating insulin after three months. In humans, this is already an indication of a diabetic or a pre-diabetic patient.

I read somewhere too that soda drinkers have a greater risk for stroke incidents. These academics must be telling the truth! They probably do not stand to gain anything by claiming against Coca-Cola or PepsiCo.

Oh, my! I should come clean soon and probably switch to fruit juice.

Sources: TimeCBSnewsDailyMail