Diet Soda Can Hurt Your Blood Vessels

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Drinking diet soda has become a modern food style. Daily diet soda habit is linked with high risk of heart attack and stroke. Studies have revealed that regular drinking of diet soda brings 61 percent higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. Researchers have found that waistlines of regular diet soda drinkers grew 70 percent more than non-drinkers. Those who were drinking more sodas daily had to change the size of their belts often. Even soda without sugar or low calorie had the same adverse effect on health.

Some studies support drinking diet soda stating that the artificial sweeteners and other chemicals currently used in diet soda are safe for most people, and there is no reliable evidence that these ingredients cause cancer. They argue that some types of diet soda have added ingredients and are even fortified with vitamins and minerals. But they accept that though the diet sodas are low in calories they increase the risk of obesity and related health problems such as type 2 diabetes.

Adverse results of drinking diet soda

1) Diet soda affects your blood vessels

A research by the team of Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, states that although diet soda drinking may not have direct link with affecting the blood vessels, there may be some other element that causes this cardiovascular threat. Their study considered other risk factors that affect heart such as smoking, risk factors, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. But their studies were pointed out more the danger of diet soda.

2) Diet soda is dangerous to metabolic syndrome

Another study found that diet soda consumption was associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is also a risk factor for heart problems and stroke.

3) Studies show diet soda increases obesity

Modern era is called the era of obesity and over weight. Sedentary lifestyle of modern computerized world is already overloaded with overweight. Diet soda drinking lifestyle worsens this problem with still more serious risks. Sharon Fowler, obesity researcher at UT Health Science Center at San Diego , says that ingredients in diet soda cause obesity. “Diet soda drinkers were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese,” says Sharon Fowler.

“Diet soda, no matter how it is sweetened, is an empty calorie food,” says Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., the nutrition editor for Eating Well Magazine. He points out that diet soda delivers no nutritional value whatsoever and so he asks why should any one drink diet soda. 

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