Do Diet Sodas Really Double Your Risk of Diabetes?
Artificially-sweetened beverages were associated with type 2 diabetes with 121% more risk (more than double the risk) of non-consumers. This was from a cohort of 66,118 French women who were studied over 14 years. This result was for those women consuming 20 ounces or more per week.
What About Sugared Beverages?
Sugar-sweetened beverages were also associated with type 2 diabetes but with only 34% more risk. This result was for those consuming 12 ounces or more per week.
These findings alone would make you think you should prefer sugared beverages. However, take into account the fact that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been extensively associated with increased risk of weight gain, obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertriglyceridemia, coronary artery disease, and high blood pressure as well as of type 2 diabetes.
Randomized trials on artificially-sweetened beverages would be required to prove a causal link to diabetes. However, the significant link shown here did lead the researchers to suggest limiting the consumption of both beverages.
What Should You Drink?
The obvious solution is to simply avoid both of these beverages. What should you drink? I suggest water, green tea or hibiscus tea. Believe me, your palate will adjust after a while and you will be fine with them.
Read the full study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Jan, 2013). It was copyrighted in 2013 by the American Society for Nutrition.