More Dangers of Diet Soda

By diabetesfree Latest Reply 2013-01-14 12:22:55 -0600
Started 2013-01-09 14:05:51 -0600

This article doesn't mention diabetes directly, but I thought that the implications were pretty startling for anyone who drinks soda, especially diet soda. A new report released today shows that drinking soda daily is associated with a 30% increase in depression. Diet soda drinkers had even higher numbers. Although the study doesn't speculate as to what it is in soda that may cause this effect, just the statistics alone are cause for concern. Here's the link:

Drinking soda linked to depression

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Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-14 05:53:49 -0600 Report

I do like a diet so day every now and then, maybe one to two a week! It's a treat for me, and no problems ever with depression! I have never drank regular sodas because of calories and I know diet sodas aren't that great for you, but once in a while I crave the spritzy kind of taste!

IronOre 2013-01-11 05:28:10 -0600 Report

I drink 1-2 can of Diet Coke a day.
What I don't understand is why I like it.
There is not much of a flavor, and it is not much more than water.
So why does this stuff appeal to me ?

GabbyPA 2013-01-12 19:48:04 -0600 Report

For me, it's the bubbles that I miss. I don't like the flavor of the diet drinks too much anymore. But I love the bubbles. I have thought about getting one of those soda makers and just getting bubbles in my water.

temperance3 2013-01-09 22:50:48 -0600 Report

So diet soda or regular high octane soda is bad?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-10 11:41:26 -0600 Report

Temperance everything these days is bad for you according to the media and the medical field. I don't choose to live based on a lot of what is put out today. Since being diabetic, I eat and drink what I feel is best for me. I am not giving up soda, tea or coffee and I drink coffee every day. Soda is not the only thing that causes depression which means we would have to stop living to avoid depression at all costs.

jayabee52 2013-01-09 22:58:23 -0600 Report

The way I understand it is ALL "sweetened sodas" which are in the bullseye here as a potential cause of depression.

Perhaps that was a partial reason why I went through my late teens to late 40s in and out of depression. When I stopped drinking sodas of any kind, my depression diminished. Can't say it was a causal relationshim between soda consumption and depression, but it makes me wonder . . . . did my soda consumption along the way deepen my depression or affect my mood in any way.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-10 11:44:03 -0600 Report

It didn't effect me in anyway. My depression was not caused by soda or sugar consumption. Mine was caused by trauma and doing nothing to help myself for years. I still drink soda and I am not depressed because I learned tools that help me stop being depressed. It seems to me it is easy to claim soda or sugar for that matter to be partly to blame for depression. What it takes is looking deep within ourselves to find out the real cause.

GabbyPA 2013-01-09 20:48:56 -0600 Report

I saw this report today and they did mention that the brain is what suffers the most. Our brains like level sugar levels and the spikes we get from sugary drinks (sodas or not) are a problem. This is why when we are very high in our glucose numbers, our mind gets foggy. (though this study didn't focus on diabetics)

The second part of the study was about the neuro toxins in artificial sweeteners and how our bodies metabolize them that causes our brain cells to not function properly. Reducing the serotonin in our brains thus causing depression.

It was a 10 year study that included soft drinks and fruit juices. The question was, "Does it cause depression or do depressed people tend to drink more sweet tasting drinks?"

Jazzie Marie
Jazzie Marie 2013-01-11 20:59:25 -0600 Report

For years I did not use artificial sweeterners because they are so bad for you. But I was diagnosed with diabetes in August and the info I was given said to use them instead of sugar. I really don't like the taste of them. So what can I do if I want a little sweet in my coffee or tea?

jayabee52 2013-01-11 23:31:05 -0600 Report

try some of the more natural sweeteners like stevia and its derivitives or nectress. There are plenty new ones coming online.

My 2nd wife (now disceased) couldn't stomach the artificials either, and didn't like the taste of the ones based upon stevia (nectress wasn't available at the time.) I found a mixture of fructose and lactose called "Whey low" which she liked I read about it here in Diabetic Connect. Should you be interested you could find it here ~ (Unfortunately I later found that fructose does elevate one's cholesterol levels, so that you might not like either if you have cholesterol problems) Today I just drink filtered water. Boring but necessary due to my kidney problems.

diabetesfree 2013-01-13 13:26:08 -0600 Report

I've never had a serious problem with Splenda, when used in moderation. I think that moderation can be a big factor. In the study quoted above, they only tested those who consumed soda at least 4x each day. It may be that "casual" users of sugar and artificial sweeteners are much less likely to suffer side effects.

jayabee52 2013-01-14 03:48:19 -0600 Report

When I was drinking lots of Splenda, generally in Diet soda, I would get diiarrhea and didn't know why. I finally figured out that it was the soda which had the Splenda in it which would physic me so badly. I stopped drinking that stuff right away.

I can get away with drinking 1 can of the stuff, but any more than that I get the "Hershey squirts".

diabetesfree 2013-01-14 08:58:59 -0600 Report

Am guessing that you must have a chemical or food allergy to something that is contained in the Splenda. At one point, during the Summer, I could go through a 12 pack of Splenda-flavored soda a day, and never had any bad side effects. Everyone's different.

jayabee52 2013-01-14 12:22:55 -0600 Report

I am in agreement that everyone's different!

Just reporting what happened to me.
I am sure that there are many out there who can use it without problems, and some who are drinking it and have the same effect on them as it had on me and are wondering why they are having a lot of intestinal gas and diiarrhea. I just want tp make them aware that it CAN do that to certain individuals. I hadn't had a clue until I figured it out. (and I wasn't on DC at the time to help me figure it out).

diabetesfree 2013-01-10 03:57:11 -0600 Report

Whether the study is actually recording cause or effect is a good question. Considering the previous reports I have seen on the effects of soda on the human body/brain, I am more apt to believe that soda is a cause, rather than the other way around though. I don't think that soda should be "banned" by any means. I just think that more studies need to be done and more people be made aware that drinking massive amounts of soda is not necessarily "harmless". BTW, I don't think that Coke and Pepsi went into the bottled water markets by accident. More of these studies may well be on their way.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-10 09:27:13 -0600 Report

Coke and Pepsi went into the bottled water business because at the time it was all the rage. They knew what their profits would be from selling bottled water. Also at one point bottled water was not regulated which means tap water could be sold in a bottle. For instance one of our local supermarkets use to carry Baltimore City Tap water in a bottle and could not keep it on the shelves.

diabetesfree 2013-01-10 11:22:08 -0600 Report

I'm pretty sure that both Coke and Pepsi use municipal water that is treated with reverse osmosis and UV filtering for their bottled water products. It's not much different than the water they use to put in their sodas. You can make the same water at home with a RO filtering system. Charcoal filtering systems like Brita work just as well, but are more expensive to use due to the need to constantly replace filters. One filter is typically only supposed to be used to treat about 40 gallons of water.That would be way too costly and cumbersome to use in commercially bottled water.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-09 19:08:30 -0600 Report

I don't believe anything I see on Fox News. Besides if they can't say what is in the soda that causes this, what is the point in reporting it?

diabetesfree 2013-01-10 03:50:32 -0600 Report

The study didn't have anything to do with Fox News. They were just one of the news outlets reporting on it. Numerous other media outlets also covered the same story. The Fox article just happened to be at the top of Google's news search feature. Feel free to Google the study yourself via Google News to read the same story from a media outlet that you feel is most believable.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-10 09:05:16 -0600 Report

I did read the report and I saw it on Fox News. As someone who has done a lot of research writing papers for school and confirming information for a well known historian, I look at the source of the information. I use to also read the American Medical Journal of New England and Journal of the American Medical Association. This is why I don't believe much of what reporters write when it comes to health. This same article is on Yahoo and Google. The writer of the article is a health writer for the New York Times in other words she is a reporter who is simply writing on something she saw at a conference. She may not have read the actual study. Before I believe her spin on this information, I would try to find the actual study by the American Academy of Neurology.

diabetesfree 2013-01-10 11:14:00 -0600 Report

Most times these studies are conducted (and want publicity) press releases are put out beforehand with summaries of the study. I've written quite a few press releases in my time, and generally speaking the object is to get as much information across in as small an amount of space as possible while still making the story look interesting to reporters. Generally, most print and broadcast media actually confirm stories with whoever puts out the press release, at the very least. Since literally anyone can issue a press release these days, editors and publishers aren't about to quote a press release verbatim without confirming the information with an actual source. That is just asking for trouble.

The NY Times is definitely at the opposite end of the political spectrum than Fox News. So if you see anything at all they agree upon, there might actually be some validity to it.

FYI, not all reporters are journalism graduates just trying to pay their bills. Quite a few of them go into journalism after having become lawyers, doctors, judges, elected officials, etc. News organizations that have any amount of depth to them usually assign stories to writers that are specialists. The NYT and Fox/Sky both have tons of specialists on their payrolls. You don't see either of them publishing many retractions, which is probably the best indicator of how well a news organization is run.

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-09 14:14:07 -0600 Report

Oh well … They find everyday new things that go wrong with our food and drinks… I just stick with water … unless there is something wrong with that too …lol

diabetesfree 2013-01-10 04:00:44 -0600 Report

I use bottled water and a water cooler for drinking water at home now. The quality really depends upon the water source though. We happen to have excellent springs in the area that have been practically untouched by modern man. I realize not not all parts of the country have that type of luxury though, unfortunately.

jayabee52 2013-01-09 14:28:41 -0600 Report

so do I except I drink it after filtering it somehow with either a Brita pitcher or a Brita water bottle to remove the chlorine and the flourides, and the pharmacuticals dissolved in the water.

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