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Soda drinkers at risk for diabetes (yes, even diet)

Girl soda drinker at risk for diabetes.

DO YOU EVER find yourself craving a sweating ice cold fizzy can of soda? Pizza night often calls for one. As does the tantalizing sound of a can popping open as those tap dancing buckets of popcorn appear on the big screen in a dark movie theatre.

Yes, we’ve all been there.

The thing is, that one can (or chip, or peanut butter cup…) is kind of a slippery slope to endless cravings.

Here is something to sip on…a recent study out of Sweden found that adults who drink about 2 cans of soda daily are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Ok, you may think, that’s sort of obvious. I mean soda is full of sugar, which ultimately leads to insulin insensitivity and diabetes, right? Well here’s the kicker: the researchers found that the risk of developing the condition was similar for both those who consumed 2 servings of sodas with real sugar and for those who drank the calorie-free fake sugar version. And those who drank five or more cans of either regular or diet soda were up to 10 times (TEN!) more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Artificially sweetened soda may be sugar free, but it is a nightmare for those who love sugary snacks, as it stimulates carb and sugar cravings. Unfortunately we can’t fool the brain. It needs glucose in the form of real sugar to function. The taste of the fake stuff sends a signal that fuel is on its way and when we don’t deliver, the cravings take over, often leading to poor snack choices (“justified” by the diet soda….which leads to more cravings…see where I’m going with this?).

So please, please opt for the water even if it’s seltzer, and if you must, add a touch of fruit juice for flavor.

Ref: Lovfenbong et al. Sweetened beverage intake and risk of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults and type 2 diabetes. Eur J. Endocrinol. 2016; 175 (6):605-614

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