You may want to put down that diet drink you thought was the healthier choice over a sugary one.
According to a study in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition”. The researchers followed over 66,000 women for 14 years in which they kept track of the drinks they consumed. They found both the sugary and diet drinks were linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Another study showed a 67 percent increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes in daily diet soda drinkers.
Two major factors were found in diet soda drinkers that are directly linked to type 2 diabetes:
Weight gain/belly fat, and metabolic syndrome.
1. Metabolic syndrome includes these factors:
Low levels of good cholesterol (HDL), high blood sugar levels, belly fat, high levels of triglycerides, and high blood pressure.
2. Weight Gain and Belly Fat:
A study in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society” looked at long-term effects on waist size in diet soda drinkers. Over nine years they studied people over 65 who drank diet soda, and the participants showed more than quadruple the waist gain than those who did not drink soda.
If you have a habit of drinking diet sodas, start now to wean yourself off, and choose water or another drink that will not contribute to the risk of diabetes and weight gain.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR