Monday, March 16, 2009

Diet Soda Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

If you’re in the habit of drinking diet soda every day – or, like many people these days, several times a day – here’s some important news that could have a significant impact on your health. New research has confirmed what I’ve seen in my practice consistently – there is a link between diet soda consumption and metabolic syndrome, a condition which can lead to development of diabetes.

So, here’s the latest development reported in the latest issue of Diabetes Care. If you drink diet soda every day, your risk of having metabolic syndrome is 36 percent higher than those who don’t drink those beverages daily. Your risk of having type 2 diabetes is 67 percent higher.

No doubt you’ve heard about metabolic syndrome by now. It’s a group of risk factors that predispose you to a variety of health problems – not only type 2 diabetes but also heart disease and stroke. The risk factors include elevated blood sugar, too much belly fat, high blood pressure and low levels of good cholesterol. It’s sometimes called the insulin resistance syndrome because people with these risk factors frequently have insulin resistance that eventually leads to high blood sugar readings. Read the entire article. Read more about diabetes and natural alternatives.

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