Diet Soda

By bar59567 Latest Reply 2014-03-06 14:37:07 -0600
Started 2014-03-03 22:40:47 -0600

Can diet soda cause high blood sugar?

6 replies

shoulders 2014-03-06 14:37:07 -0600 Report

Since I have several other health issues, they(Dr.'s) don't want me to drink any soft drinks AT ALL!!!! When I did drink diet sodas it usually didn't raise my blood sugars.

PetiePal 2014-03-05 15:28:04 -0600 Report

Diet Soda itself cannot cause high blood sugar.

Now the jury is out about how bad this 4-MEI carcinogen component is that's in a lot of caramel colored sodas, Pepsi, Coke, Iced Teas etc. That could be harmful, plus there's a lot of suspicion about sweeteners like Equal or Splenda can trick the body into thinking high blood sugar is on the way and mess with your sweet cravings. Then there's the mental side of it because you've had "diet something" you may subconsciously have more of something else that's bad for you because "you can."

Soda isn't that healthy if anything I'd highly recommend seltzer water with a few slices of fruit to flavor it or infused water the same way. I started with selzter and blackberries or frozen strawberries at work.

locarb 2014-03-04 18:55:53 -0600 Report

I have come to learn that each of us react so differently that I am reluctant to tell anyone for certain "yes" or "no." I did have to finally give up carbonated drinks for separate reasons. It was not easy to stop; but like everything else, you get used to it and find a replacement. At the end of the day, we are all our own best test subjects. Testing frequently and keeping track of the things you eat and how you react to them will tell you more that suggestions from others. While I don't believe the occasional diet drink will harm you, there are many other health-related concerns they potentially pose (for some people).

GabbyPA 2014-03-04 16:37:59 -0600 Report

It may have more to do with what it's sweetened with and how your body reacts to it. We would presume that a zero calorie and zero carb drink would not bother our levels.

However, some people are sensitive to the sweeteners in diet drinks and it can cause levels to rise. The best way to find out if your body reacts to them is to test before you drink one, and then every 30 minutes after you drank it, for two hours to see what your levels do. Don't eat anything else with it, if you want a true view of what just the diet soda does.

Another issue with diet drinks is that they can often cause sugar cravings in people and while the drink may not raise your levels, the ensuing carb fest they create might. It really depends on how your body manages it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-04 11:55:31 -0600 Report

It hasn't caused mine to rise but I limit it to one a day or every other day. Read the label most is made with aspartame.