Diet Drinks May Not Increase Diabetes Risk

Posted: Nov 16 2016, 7:10am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Diet Drinks May Not Increase Diabetes Risk
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  • Diet Drinks may not increase Symptoms of Diabetes
 

Apparently, diet drinks may not increase symptoms of diabetes in those prone to the ailment.

A diet of colas and sugary soft drinks is said to raise one’s chances of becoming a diabetes patient. This may begin off with the person becoming a pre-diabetes patient.

However, diet drinks do not cause such symptomatology. Recent studies show that such is indeed the case. Previous research showed mixed results.

Some of the reports said that these drinks that do not contain any sugars nevertheless have an effect on blood sugar. Other studies showed that they did not have any such effect.   

One thing which was ignored by the researchers was that soda drinkers were often overweight to begin with. Those who drank normal sugary drinks to the extent of a single can of soda a day developed diabetes.

At least 46% of them showed symptoms within a limited amount of time. The focus for future treatment thus should be on drinking plenty of water, unsweetened tea or coffee.

For those who are addicted to sugar, kicking the sucrose habit may be difficult since there are a few nasty withdrawal symptoms which need to be faced before the drug-like sugar leaves the body for good. 

Maybe by substituting normal sugary drinks with diet soda drinks, a gradual transition to a sugar-free lifestyle could be made. It may even be the best method of kicking the sugar habit.

On a global level, one in nine individuals has diabetes. Within the next decade and a half, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in the global village, according to Reuters.

These statistics come courtesy of WHO. Most of the cases of diabetes are type 2. The body of these patients refuses to employ the hormone insulin efficiently to regulate sugar levels in the blood. 

They often go from pre-diabetes to diabetes. It is a slow yet steady decline from less salubrious health to full-blown type 2 diabetes. In the study 1685 adults were studied over a 14 year time period.

Most of the adults were in their middle years and overweight. Yet at the beginning of the study, they showed no signs of diabetes. They filled questionnaires regarding their consumption of sugary drinks or diet drinks.

Amazingly, diet soda consumption showed no links with diabetes or pre-diabetes for that matter. There were limitations in the study yet it will do for now. It serves as a guideline in the weaning of people away from sucrose-filled drinks to diet drinks. 

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