Diet Soda Intake Linked to Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center wanted to determine if there was an association between diet soda and the development of type 2 diabetes. The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, suggested that heavy diet soda drinkers may actually increase their risk of type 2 diabetes.
About the Study
This study collected information from a larger study called the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). The MESA study followed 6,814 individuals. A food frequency questionnaire and a fasting blood glucose test were collected at the start of the study and during three follow-up appointments scheduled at two-year intervals. The results showed that the risk of type 2 diabetes increased as the intake of diet soda increased.
Researchers also considered other factors that are known to influence the development of diabetes such as age, physical activity, and waist circumference. Even after accounting for these factors, when compared to those who never drink diet sodas the risk of type 2 diabetes increased by:
- 25% in those that drank one or more servings per week but less than one serving per day
- 38% in those that drank one or more servings per day
How Does This Affect You?
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Nettleton JA, Lutsey PL, Wang Y, Lima JA, Michos ED, Jacobs DR. Diet soda intake and risk of incident metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Diabetes Care. 2009 Apr;32(4):688-94. Epub 2009 Jan 16.
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