Diet Soda May Hurt Kidneys

Researcher: 'They're likely not good for you'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 1:17 AM CST
Diet sodas may cause kidney damage, a new study has found.   (Coca-Cola)

(Newser) – Hang on before opening that second diet soda. A survey has found significant reductions in blood filtering capabilities in the kidneys of older women who drank two or more artificially sweetened sodas a day. The study doesn't show a definitive link, but the lead researcher tells NPR that she avoids diet soda. "They're likely not good for you," she said. Surveyed soda-drinkers were white and at least 56, but other demographic groups should take heed, she warns.