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Is Diet Soda Bad For You

It’s a well-known fact that soft-drinks aren’t exactly healthy for you. But how healthy exactly are their diet counterparts? Turns out not much better.

We've scoured the internet and compiled a list of the most reliable sources to answer the question is Diet Soda is Bad For You.

Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain

This may not be a surprise to anyone, but according to the YJBM, artificial sweeteners cause weight gain. We won't go too deep into the science of it all but we encourage you to read more by reading the journal yourself. If also discusses how diet soda can ruin your taste buds.

Read More: The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

Diet Soda Can Raise the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

This also should come as no surprise, but diet soda can increase your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. According to Medical New Today, "People who drink 1 or 2 sugar-sweetened drinks every day have a risk of developing type 2 diabetes that is 26 percent higher than those who do not." That is a statistic we definitely don't want to be a part of.

Read More: Medical News Today

Men, Drinking Diet Soda Has Been Linked With Depression

According to the American Academy of Neurology, studies show that up to 30% of men who frequently drink diet soda suffer from depression. We're not scientist so we can't attest to whether it's correlation or causation. Scary stuff either way.

Read More: American Academy of Neurology

Women, You're Not Off the Hook Either

According to the University of Iowa, 30% of women who drink two or more diet drinks a day are more likely to cardiovascular problems. That means heart attacks, strokes and other life threatening complications.

Read More: Iowa Now

Diet Soda Can Trigger Migraines

If you've ever suffered from a migraine, you know just how debilitating they can be. Everything from simply reading or standing up can feel terrible. According to the National Library of Medicine, due to the levels of aspartame in Diet Soda and other drink's, they are a not so healthy source of migraines.

Read More: National Library of Medicine

Diet Soda Destroys Your Teeth

Now we're not going to go down the path of showing before and after images, but Googling this yourself is pretty eye opening. According to Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny from the Temple University School of Dentistry, "You look at it side-to-side with 'meth mouth' or 'coke mouth,' it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same."

You've read that right folks. Drinking diet soda long enough can cause your smile to be indistinguishable from someone who does meth.

Read More: Health Day

Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Cancer

As if reasons 1 through 6 weren't bad enough, according to the National Library of Medicine men who drink men who drink 1 or more diet sodas a day are at greater risk of leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma.

Read More: National Library of Medicine

Diet Soda is Linked With Dementia

Turns out the same aspartame that causes diabetes can also effect your memory. This one comes from the folks at Psychology Today that says, "According to a study of about 4,300 volunteers, aged 45 and up, that diet soda may triple your chance of having a stroke or dementia within the decade."

We're not talking your ability to remember where you left your keys, we're talking about forgetting the names of loved ones and ultimately death.

Read More: Psychology Today

So Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

Absolutely it is. If this were a magic 8 ball you were asking, I think even it would struggle to indicate otherwise.

If you or someone you love is thinking of cutting the habit you don't have to do it alone. It might sound like we're talking about a drug here, but in many ways sugar and artificial sweeteners are just as addictive. Our personal trainers and nutritionists at Fix Medical Group are help you make better decisions with what you eat and drink to live a long and healthy life.

Diet soda can cause major health problems. For more information on how to kick the habit and achieve a healthy lifestyle, contact us.

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