When you go on a diet or are trying to watch your weight, you might be more inclined to drink diet soda. Diet soda is very popular among people looking to cut their caloric intake as well as their sugar intake, but is it really good for you? This week, a study was released which might have you thinking twice about drinking that diet soda.
Time reports that a study revealed at the International Stroke Conference this week has people worried about regular diet soda consumption. The study provides evidence that regular consumption of diet soda can lead to an elevated stroke risk. The study looked at 2,564 participants with various diversities as well as soda consumption. The research concluded that those who drank diet soda on a daily basis were 48 percent more likely to suffer a stroke or other vascular medical emergency over a nine-year period than those who did not drink diet soda.
I have to say, as a regular drinker of diet soda, I am not very worried about this study or the implications it has. I have drunk diet soda since I was probably 2 years old and have never had any type of vascular issues arise. I mostly stick with Diet Mountain Dew or Diet Citrus Drop, whichever is on sale the week I go to the store.
I grew up with a mother who was very weight-conscious, so she never bought any soda other than diet. My father is also diabetic and when he found that out when I was a teenager, he started also buying all diet soda. So all my life I have grown up with drinking all diet soda, and I honestly feel very horrible when I try to drink a regular soda. My hands get very shaky and I feel bloated when I drink regular, so I have always just stuck with diet soda like I was raised.
I am also a heavy drinker of diet soda, which does have me a little concerned with possible long-term health issues, but overall I am not that worried. I drink about 24 cans of diet soda a week at least, sometimes maybe even 36. This is pretty heavy consumption, but I do not drink anything else except coffee. I do not like water and will not drink it at all, so basically I live on diet soda and coffee.
I am a little worried about possible long-term health complications from my diet soda drinking, but I think the study needs to be investigated further. I am really not that concerned, though, since this study was published because I feel more research needs to be conducted. This was only one study and should definitely warrant more attention and research, because you cannot base anything from one study. Plus there are so many variables to take into consideration such as weight, age, sex, family history and whether or not a person smokes before you can determine whether or not diet soda was really the culprit.
As far as I am concerned, even if another study came out and said the exact same thing, I would not really change my drinking habits. I love diet soda and it makes me feel good, so I am going to keep enjoying my Diet Mountain Dew or Diet Citrus Drop no matter what. I will, though, be keeping an eye out for other studies to come from this and will be eager to see the results. This is something we all should be aware of but I do not think it is worthy of changing habits for, especially considering it was just one study.
Meredith Melnick, “Diet Soda May Lead to Stroke Risk? Really?”, Time
American Heart Association, “International Stroke Conference”