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Diet Soda Linked to Diabetes: New Study Supports Diet Soda Metabolic Syndrome — an article on the Smart Living Network
August 15, 2007 at 4:43 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Diet Soda Linked to Diabetes: New Study Supports Diet Soda Metabolic Syndrome

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With obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases on the rise, Americans are now becoming more conscience of what they are eating and their lifestyles. Most are trying to make healthier choices for themselves and their loved ones. In the past, many Americans have turned to diet soft drinks to help them lead, what they believed to be, a healthier life style. However, a recent study on diet and regular soft drinks completely contradicts those beliefs.

Study Findings

The study revealed that people who had one or more regular or diet soft drinks a day increased their risk of metabolic syndrome to 48%. The results of the regular soft drinks were of no surprise to anyone because the sugary soft drinks have been linked in the past to multiple health risks, but results of the diet soft drinks took many by surprise.

Although diet soft drinks contain little or no calories, many believe that diet drinks promote cravings for other sweets. Some also theorize that the ingredient that gives the soft drinks its caramel color increases insulin resistance, which can lead to obesity and diabetes. Still, others think that that people who drink either regular or diet sodas have very similar lifestyles and dietary patterns.

Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of metabolic risk factors like abdominal obesity, blood fat disorders, elevated blood pressure, glucose intolerance/insulin resistance, elevated C-reactive protein in the blood, and high fibrinogen in the blood. Currently, there isn't a set criteria on how metabolic syndrome should be diagnosed. However, The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggest that metabolic syndrome can be present when a person suffers from three or more groups of factors. Because of these factors, those that suffer from metabolic syndrome also have a high risk of  developing diabetes and other life threatening diseases.

Roughly 50 million Americans already suffer from metabolic syndrome, and nearly 20 million Americans suffer from diabetes. There are many factors that contribute to metabolic syndrome and diabetes. These factors include obesity, age, race, family history of metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and poor life style choices. Some factors like age, race, and family history cannot be controlled. However, factors like poor life style choices and obesity can!

Prevention and Life Style Changes

Once contracted, metabolic Syndrome and diabetes cannot be permanently cured. It can, however, be controlled. Lifestyle changes like starting to eat a healthy and well balanced diet, lose weight, and exercise on a regular basis are extremely important in preventing and controlling metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Additionally, glucose control is extremely important.

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