You may have heard that diet soda is not good for your health, but do you know why?
If you have type 2 diabetes, consider the following information the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta have learned regarding the dangers of artificial sweeteners.
Type 2 Diabetes and Diet Soda
Both diet and non-diet sodas contain many ingredients that are detrimental to your health. Non-diet sodas are full of added or processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup.
The American Heart Association says that added sugars are directly linked to high blood pressure and triglyceride levels, which both contribute to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Such beverages contain unnecessary empty calories and contribute to the obesity epidemic in America.
Aspartame and Other Harmful Chemicals
In an attempt to make soda healthier, companies created diet beverages that contain high amounts of artificial sweeteners. Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners include stevia, sucralose, and aspartame.
Other common ingredients found in diet sodas are caramel color and 4-methylimidazole, both of which are recognized as carcinogens.
Phosphoric acid contributes to tooth decay and is linked to urinary infections, as well as kidney disease.
Diet soda also contains mold inhibitors, such as sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate. Both ingredients can cause severe damage to your DNA’s mitochondria, which is your cell’s central source for energy generation.
The concept of “natural flavors” is something you are probably familiar with. However, did you know that this phrase is misleading?
In fact, “natural flavors” speaks to hundreds of chemicals and is used to refer to something that has been derived from foods found in nature.
Artificial Sweeteners and Type 2 Diabetes
Harvard Medical School conducted an 11-year study that linked artificial sweeteners to kidney disease, while another study from the University of Minnesota found that consuming just one diet soda each day significantly increases the risk of developing a metabolic syndrome.
Other studies have shown direct links to endometrial cancer, kidney failure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
One study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a direct connection between aspartame consumption and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Even consuming regular sugar at high levels can lead to a variety of health conditions including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic inflammation
Take Control Over your Health by Working with the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta
The Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta have helped type two diabetic patients throughout the greater community for over 20 years. We are experienced at working with your primary physician in ways that complement their efforts and help you maintain excellent health.
With regular Chiropractic Adjustments, we can ensure that your system is completely of any interferences that prevent your body from performing at optimal levels.
Through changes to your diet and personal habits, we can help you manage your weight and diabetes in ways that are conducive to maintaining a normal, active lifestyle.
If you are interested in taking a more proactive approach to managing your weight or diabetes, contact AICA Atlanta today by filling out our online submission form or by calling us at (404) 889-8828.