Diet Soda Increases Risks of Metabolic Syndrome & Diabetes

The trend of fat reduction and healthy food intake have been synonymous to taking diet drinks instead of the regular soda. Diet Coke is the number one selling diet soda in the world. Diet coke is aspartame-sweetened while the newly introduced Coke Zero or Pepsi Max are sweetened with Aspartame with Acesulfame Potassium. In an April 2009 multi-ethnic study by Nettleton et. al from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, consumption of diet soda at least daily was associated with significantly greater risks of metabolic syndromes component and diabetes type 2.

Inspite of the lack of calorie load, GLP-1 Receptors are still activated. The taste buds still taste sweet and the brain fires signal to the whole body on an expectant calorie increase. A mismatch of the actual and expected calorie metabolism happens. Eventually, the brain & body adapt by not getting fooled to the same signal again. The next time, a real calorie load enters the body, its metabolism becomes inappropriate.

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder where the body is unable to process fats, sugars and proteins effectively, increasing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Suspicion for Metabolic Syndrome is increased once the truncal or tummy obesity is noted. On annual check-up, the following may be noted: increased blood sugar, high blood pressure, decreased good cholesterol (HDL), elevated triglycerides, increased uric acid, fatty liver on abdominal ultrasound and darkening of the skin at the flexor areas such as the neck (known as acanthosis nigricans). If you note any of these, better visit your doctor, in particular an Endocrinologist.

Your physician will help you out in confirming the disease.

The World Health Organization criteria (1999) require presence of diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose or insulin resistance, AND two of the following:

1.) blood pressure: ≥ 140/90 mmHg
2.)dyslipidaemia: triglycerides (TG): ≥ 1.695 mmol/L and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) ≤ 0.9 mmol/L (male), ≤ 1.0 mmol/L (female)
3.)central obesity: waist:hip ratio > 0.90 (male); > 0.85 (female), and/or body mass index > 30 kg/m2
4.)microalbuminuria: urinary albumin excretion ratio ≥ 20 mg/min or albumin:creatinine ratio ≥ 30 mg/g.


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