Diet Coke Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes (Yes, Even Though It’s Sugar-Free)

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Diet Coke is big in fashion and celebrity circles, where heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease is sexy.

French researchers have found yet another reason to stop drinking Diet Coke: It’s linked to a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes; in fact, they even found that diet soda drinkers were more likely to develop diabetes than subjects who drank regular soda. This is hardly the first study reminding people that diet sodas are terrible for you, despite being calorie-free, and yet…consumers don’t seem to care nearly as much about the health risks of what they drink as they do about whether it will make them fat.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tracked more than 66,000 women over the course of 14 years, who self-reported whether they drank 100% juice, sugar-sweetened drinks, and diet drinks over that time. The researchers found that women who drank diet drinks were the most likely to develop Type 2 diabetes; women who drank sugar-sweetened drinks were less likely, and women who drank 100% juice were at no increased risk of developing diabetes at all.

So, in other words: Yes, Diet Coke is bad for you. Really. Even if it won’t make you fat, even if celebrities like Taylor Swift seem to love it and still look skinny and great. Even if fashionable people love it (because Diet Coke diabetes doesn’t make it harder to fit into a size 2, right?).

See, Diet Coke is like the zombie of processed foods: It just won’t die. Study after study proves that it’s scary as shit; doctors repeatedly, emphatically answer the question ‘is Diet Coke better for you than regular Coke‘ with the answer ‘NO.’ But diet sodas and sugar-free drinks just keep winning people over with the claim that they won’t make you fat and have nothing to do with that whole obesity epidemic that’s been repeatedly linked to the soda industry, and therefore, are totally ok to guzzle to your heart’s content.

But even if it won’t make you fat (which, by the way, is debatable), and even if you love it so so much, even if you really need the caffeine: Try not to drink it so much. Try coffee. Drink water. Have it every once in awhile, just not every day.

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    • anon

      I don’t smoke and rarely drink alcohol or eat rare meat; I avoid trans fat at all costs, make sure half my diet is plant-based, and exercise 5-6 hours a week. I use natural cleaning products (vinegar and baking soda, mostly), and am hotly opposed to my sister’s keratin treatments. But take my Diet Coke away from me? You’ll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.