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[Study] Diet Soda Causes 60% Increase In Diabetes Risk Over Regular Soda

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Stop messing around — if you haven’t already, cut diet soda out of your life completely. New research conducted by France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research, which followed 66,118 women over a 14 year period, found that diet soda drinkers were up to 60% more likely to develop type-II diabetes than those who drank an equal amount of regular soda.

According to the study, released Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

“when an equal quantity [of soda] is consumed, the risk of contracting diabetes is higher for ‘light’ or ‘diet’ drinks than for ‘non-light’ or ‘non-diet’ drinks. The risk of developing diabetes is 15% greater with the consumption of half a litre per week and 59% greater for the consumption of 1.5 litres per week, respectively.”1

Let that marinate for a second. Drinking ONE 12 oz. can per week (359 ml) of any soda already increases diabetes risk by 33%; that risk is significantly GREATER when soda is of the diet variety. And considering that most people drink over 1 can per week – research found that on average women drank ‘2.8 glasses of diet soda per week against an average of 1.6 glasses of regular soda per week’ – the risk of diabetes is much higher. We can all enjoy a can of soda once in a while, but when it becomes something that is consumed daily, this is when the risk to our health becomes an issue. For anyone worried about their blood sugar or whether they may be at risk of getting diabetes, it may be worth visiting a health clinic that provide low cost medical care to get advice on what you may be able to do to reduce the risks of diabetes.


Despite it being primarily made from natural sugar (fructose and sucrose), 100% natural fruit juice was found to have zero association with the risk of diabetes.

Researchers explained the impact of diet soda on diabetes as follows:

Firstly, in terms of calories, these drinks are no substitute for solid food because sweet soft drinks are not sufficiently satiating. With respect, in particular, to ‘light’ or ‘diet’ drinks, the relationship with diabetes can be explained partially by a greater craving for sugar in general by female consumers of this type of soft drink. Furthermore, aspartame, one of the main artificial sweeteners used today, causes an increase in glycemia and consequently a rise in the insulin level in comparison to that produced by sucrose.

The study addresses a larger issue — calories ARE NOT the end all-be all of weight loss and health. While direct linkages remain unproven, frequently sucking down artificial sweeteners has anecdotally been shown to inhibit weight-loss, evoke diabetes, and potentially even cancer. In the long run you’re better off adding a sugar cube to your coffee and eating 15/20 extra calories, rather than repeatedly assaulting your body with synthetic poison.

As for soda — slowly cut down your consumption and gradually sub it out for flavored seltzer, natural fruit juice, water, milk, coffee, tea, kefir, V8, and others. Wine or a good beer would even be an upgrade. It’s a major nutritional swap that’ll reap MASSIVE health rewards down the road.

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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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