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Subject: Diet soda causes diabetes? Date: 2/8/2013 9:11 PM
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I'm so used to misinformation about all things diet-related in the media, that I prefer to check with you guys first. You've debunked many a myth here in the past.

This study sounds like it comes from credible origins just judging from the important sounding journal title and author's home institutions. But who knows if he was funded by the sugar industry in its desperate attempt to continue to poison people, or what.

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/study-diet-soda-increa...
Drinking just one 12-ounce can of an artificially sweetened fizzy drink per week can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 33 percent, French researchers found. The study will be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It was conducted by France's National Institute of Health and Medical Research and covered 66,118 middle-aged women whose dietary habits and health were tracked from 1993 to 2007.

The results were unexpected. Though it's well-known that people who consume a lot of sugar are more likely to develop diabetes, the researchers found that participants who drank "light" or "diet" soft drinks had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who drank regular, sugar-filled sodas. Those who drank 100 percent natural squeezed fruit juices instead had no additional risk.

Women who choose artificially flavored soft drinks usually drink twice as many of them as women who choose regular soda or juice—2.8 glasses per week compared to 1.6 glasses. "Yet when an equal quantity is consumed, the risk of contracting diabetes is higher for 'light' or 'diet' drinks than for 'non-light' or 'non-diet' drinks," the researchers, epidemiologists Francoise Clavel-Chapelon and Guy Fagherazzi, said in a statement.

So how can artificially sweetened drinks be making the problem worse if they're fat- and calorie-free?

"The relationship with diabetes can be explained partially by a greater craving for sugar in general by female consumers of this type of soft drink," the researchers explained. "Furthermore, aspartame, one of the main artificial sweeteners used today, causes an increase in glycaemia and consequently a rise in the insulin level in comparison to that produced by sucrose."

Translation: Drinking artificially sweetened drinks makes you crave other sweet things (hello, chocolate!). And your body reacts to aspartame—also known as NutraSweet and Equal—much in the same way that it reacts to plain old sugar.


Sounds to me that if the diet soda drinkers also consumed more sugar, as implied above, the study confounds two important variables.

But the statement that aspartame causes insulin to spike more than sugar, if true sounds concerning. I've heard various mentions of this before but few solid scientific statements about it. Let alone for the other sweeteners.
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