Confessions: Diet Coke & Health

Confessions of a Diet Coke Addict seems to be an appropriate title for this posting.

Note: I have a diet coke problem.

No, but really, you can ask my friends. This little fact seems to derail my healthy lifestyle attempts, so I figured a post about it will help me vent as well as let me see in writing how the diet drink affects my health.

diet coke

This amuses me, because it is so true in my life.

On a serious note, I got some health advice from Prevention.com.

Introduction: No sugar, no calorie soda can actually be making you fat according to a University of Minnesota study. Let’s see the break down.

7 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda:

  • Kidney problems: Diet soda might be bad for your kidneys. In an 11 year study at Harvard Medical School of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining with women who drank more than 2 sodas a day.
  • Messed-up metabolism: In a University of Minnesota, even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms including belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease.
  • Obesity: A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. In fact, downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%.
  • A terrible hangover: Cocktails made with diet soda get you drunker, faster, according to a study out of Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia.
  • Cell damage: Diet sodas contain mold inhibitors, chemicals  that have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactive it. These preservatives are linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
  • Rotting teeth: Diet soda is very acidic, and adults who drink three or more sodas a fat have worse dental health– far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.
  • Reproductive issues: Diet or not, soft drink cans are coated with endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heat disease to obesity to reproductive problems.

For more information on this article linked above.

With that being said, I am trying to cut down to one diet coke a day, and eventually stop completely or maybe just on special occasions. This drink is definitely costing me my health and making a dent in my wallet.

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