In my travels, I come across many wonderful people. Among those wonderful people are individuals who are searching for answers. Some are suffering from Diabetes Type II, some are just fighting the extra pounds around their waistline, and some, unfortunately, have had issues with their heart. Here is something that I find quite extraordinary. Many of the wonderful people who I meet certainly do not realize the significant impact of just one diet soda per day. I was at a couple of events last week where I was asked about my opinion regarding diet soda. Obviously, many of you have realized that this is one of my favorite topics since it is so easy to write about. There is an abundance of research supporting the negative effects of drinking diet soda and yet, a lot of people still do. So, I promised many of the people I met last week that I would write a blog and reference some of the important research.
Do you suffer from cardiovascular issues? “A new study presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in February 2011 in Los Angeles showed that patients drinking one diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events (stroke, heart attack, death) than those who reported drinking no soda.” (See full article here.)
Do you suffer from Diabetes Type II and are not sure that there is any relationship between that and diet soda? I know that many people think it’s just fine to have Diabetes and drink diet soda, but please take a moment and read the following article. In this article, it states that, “another study published in the Annals of Epidemiology in Sept, 2006, found that adults with diabetes who drank one or more diet sodas per day had hemoglobin A1C levels 0.7 percent higher than those who drank none.” (See full article here.)
Lastly, many people who I run into are constantly seeking answers for ways of getting rid of extra pounds around their waist. Unfortunately, the diet soda industry has done a great job with marketing and many people are completely clueless as to whether or not diet soda can actually pack on the pounds. If you’re not sure whether you should believe me, or the information within this blog, at the very least, take a few minutes out of your day to read the following article. “A 2005 University of Texas study found that people who drink several cans of diet soda a day are more likely to gain weight or become obese than those who drink regular soda.” (See full article here.)
By now, you have probably guess what my feelings about diet soda are. But here’s the thing – it is not my opinion. It is based on years and years of research and, quite frankly, what do you have to lose if you read this blog and decide to cut out diet soda for 3 or 4 weeks just to see whether or not there might be some credibility to the studies. Oh, by the way, in case these studies are not enough to make a difference in your life, here’s something that will. If you’re not worried about heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, maybe you are an individual who looks like a marathon runner. Well, before you pop open your next can of diet soda, maybe you, my friend, should watch a documentary called “Sweet Misery”. It just so happens, for your convenience, it is available on Netflix. Scared to watch it? Well, you should be. But I suggest you do so anyway.
Here’s the good news – It’s never too late to stop. Cut it out and you’re definitely on the road to better health. Well, folks, on that note, make it a healthy day today!