February 12, 2013

Study finds Diet Soda may increase risk of T2D

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diet_sodaDiet soda has gotten a bad rap for years. If you’ve been someone who suspected that the diet soda craze may have negative side effects, this study may confirm your suspicions.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

A study has shown that the consumption of diet soda increases the risk of T2D. The study looked at over 66,000 French women who were monitored for 14 years.

Comparatively, women who drank light or diet soft drinks drank more of them than women who consumed regular soft drinks or water. Furthermore, their risk of developing T2D was greater than women who did not drink light or diet soft drinks.

The increased risk of T2D was found to be 15% greater for women who drank a half liter of light or diet soda per week and 59% greater for women who drank 1.5 liters per week. The increased risk is due to the finding that artificial sweeteners induce insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is triggered by  the the brain anticipating  something sweet, but then realizing the need for insulin release was a false alarm. This, in turn, results in the body resisting the uptake of the insulin because there is no glucose in the blood to transport.

Aspertame is specifically named as an insulin teaser. It is one of the artificial sweeteners that can provoke an “insulin peak”. However, because it is an artificial sweetener, it does not require insulin. So this results in insulin circulation without glucose to transport.

Insulin receptors are not big fans of crying wolf. To artificial sweeteners they say: fool us once? Shame on you. Fool us twice? Shame on us. If diet soda drinking becomes a habit, you give us no choice but insulin resistance.

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