Drink choice makes a difference with diabetes!
Whether you have diabetes or may be prone to the disease, the importance of diet and what you consume on a daily basis is paramount. The wrong food or drink can drastically impact blood sugar levels and lead to serious complications.
There has been much research completed on the effects of soda and diet soda in relation to diabetes. After a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, findings show that consuming both diet and sugar-sweetened drinks increased the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The study compared individuals who drank regular soda and diet soda and those who consumed diet drinks had an even higher risk.
Diet drinks have been a staple for many people with diabetes due to their minimal effect on sugar levels. If you already have diabetes so aren’t concerned about the risk of developing the disease, there is still reason for concern when it comes to diet soda. In 2011 the American Stroke Association offered data from research that found those that drank diet soda every day were at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and at a 48% higher risk of having a stroke.
While diet soda does not contain sugar per se, it does contain other ingredients that can negatively impact your health. If you have diabetes, it is worth taking a look at this research and possibly making some lifestyle changes.
At our Palm Desert, CA podiatric office, we are highly tuned into the foot needs of our diabetic patients. If you are in need of diabetic foot care or are noticing any pain or symptoms, don’t wait to get treatment. Small problems can turn serious quickly. Make an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger by calling (760) 568-0108 or visit our homepage.