Diet Soda Bigger Diabetes Threat Than Sugary Stuff
Scientists find heightened risk among women
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2013 9:59 AM CST
Updated Feb 10, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Diet soda may be more dangerous when it comes to diabetes risk than sugary soda.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Sugar-packed soda has been linked to a boosted diabetes risk—but it turns out the diet version may pose an even bigger threat. Researchers tracked 66,000 French women over 14 years; the volunteers were middle-aged or older when the study began. People who drank 12 ounces of either kind of soda per week had a one-third higher risk of diabetes compared to those who drank 100% fruit juice; those who drank 20 ounces a week saw a doubled risk, the AFP reports.

But here's the kicker: Those who drank 16.9 ounces of diet soda per week had a 15% higher risk of diabetes than regular-soda drinkers, while those who downed 50 ounces of diet soda per week had a 59% higher diabetes risk. Diet soda drinkers generally drank more soda overall than regular soda fans, which may boost the danger, the Daily Mail notes. More research is needed, however, to be certain of a link, say researchers, who made note of a previous study that showed aspartame affects insulin levels much like sucrose does. The news comes on the heels of word that diet soda may cause depression—and, along similar lines, that margarine may be worse for you than butter.

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Bieberforpres2016
Feb 11, 2013 11:21 AM CST
It's worth the extra money to shop at Whole Foods or at local farmers markets. I love that store, everything is all natural, no nitrates or any other chemicals in their food. Not surprisingly most of the people I see in my store here look slim and healthy. Go figure.
jfarley
Feb 11, 2013 6:44 AM CST
i swear if its good for you you cant have it if its bad for you you cant have it what do they want us to do not eat or drink. Next week there will be a study that says diet soda is good for you. I drink 4 a day i am not going to stop for any stupid report. If i am going to die then so be it i am tired of being around any way. Fed up. They also give you medicine that raises and lowers sugars to nothing is said about that. If your diabetic and you fart wrong you messed your self up. And i am not a addict either.
NYUFan
Feb 10, 2013 9:12 PM CST
Bogus "studies" published by tobacco companies trying to get public's mind away from the REAL problem: tobacco kills KILLS half a million addicts and another 65,000 INNOCENT Americans (exposed to ambient tobacco smoke) every year.