Can diabetics drink diet soda?

In this article, we are going to discuss and answer the question “Can diabetics drink diet soda?”. I will also discuss “what is diabetes”, the types, and the health risks associated with it. I will add the research input about diet soda and diabetes. 

Can diabetics drink diet soda?

In an occasional manner, yes, diabetics can drink diet soda. However, soda should not be consumed regularly. It is better to prevent it because of the additives it contains. Yet it contains a sweetener that does not affect the blood sugar of diabetics. 

What does the research say about diet coke for diabetics?

Despite the fact that diet soda cuts down your sugar intake by a lot, it does not make it healthy to consume. 

There has been a link between type 2 diabetes and diet soda consumption. According to this research, there is a 67% increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to nonconsumers. 

The study found an association between high waist circumference, meaning more fat in the upper body part, as well as increased fasting blood glucose in those consuming diet soda. 

Diet soda contains sweeteners that can affect weight by increasing it and increasing the free radicals production. This leads to the aging of cells from free radicals. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a health disorder. Normally, the body digests the food turning carbs into the simplest form, glucose. As sugar is digested, the blood sugar increase and this increase signals the pancreas to release the insulin. Insulin helps in lowering blood sugar by letting the body’s cells use glucose for energy. 

This disorder is related to insulin, either your body is immune to insulin or your body can not produce insulin. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune reaction of your body against insulin. This type of diabetes is less prevalent than type 2 diabetes. There are still some unknown aspects to it. However, a person with type 1 diabetes needs external insulin all their lives. Without insulin, the body can not use the food you eat as energy. Type 1 diabetes can not be prevented. 

Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent than type 1. About 95% of diabetics have type 2 diabetes. It is preventable, however, with lifestyle changes like losing weight and choosing healthy food habits. 

This type of diabetes does not respond to insulin well and is not used. To manage this type of diabetes you need to be careful about the carbohydrates you take during the day and maintain normal blood sugar. By regularly checking your blood sugar during the day, to make sure your blood sugar does not spike.

What health risks develop for diabetes?

Diabetics develop a number of health issues. Diabetes has been linked to heart diseases such as strokes and heart failure. 

This means blood and oxygen are not reaching your organs properly. This lack of blood can cause the death of some organs and many complications. Legs would swell from fluid build-up, also the difficulty breathing from the fluid accumulation in the lungs. 

Another health complication that is linked to diabetes is kidney disease. Kidneys are responsible for the filtering of blood from toxins. With time, diabetics develop high blood pressure, which would damage delicate vessels in the kidneys and alters their function. They wold develop chronic kidney diseases, it is a serious condition than would have diabetics to go under dialysis and kidney transplant if available. 

High blood sugar for a long time without proper management would lead to nerve damage. It can affect peripheral nerves in the toes and fingers causing weakness and numbness. The nerve damage can reach focal organs like the bladder, eyes, and stomach. 

This lead to urine leakage, eye problems adjusting to the light, and nausea and vomiting as well. Diabetic foot also develops that would in extreme cases lead to amputation. So it is crucial to pay attention to your blood sugar levels and keep them within the normal range.

Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy. It is a condition in which high blood sugar for a long time would cause damage to the eyes’ vessels. Leading to vision loss, dark spots, and blurry vision. 

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed and answered the question “Can diabetics drink diet soda?”.I also discussed “what is diabetes”, the types, and the health risks sociated with it. I added the research input about diet soda and diabetes. 

References 

What is diabetes? | CDC

Diabetes and Your Heart | CDC

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease | CDC

Diabetes and Nerve Damage | CDC

Diabetes and Vision Loss | Diabetes | CDC

Diet Soda Intake and Risk of Incident Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)* | Diabetes Care | American Diabetes Association (diabetesjournals.org)

What Are the Dangers of Splenda, Sucralose and Aspartame? (livestrong.com)

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