Previous studies have linked drinking diet soda with a higher risk of diabetes, among other health problems. But a large, long-term study is now suggesting that diet sodas won't raise your chance of developing diabetes after all.
In this Medical Monday segment, Dr. Morgan Sauer from The Longevity Center at St. Vincent is talking about the new study and whether it really proves that diet soda is safe.
The study, led by Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, followed more than 40,000 men for 20 years, from 1986 to 2006.
Participants were asked to fill out regular questionnaires about their medical conditions and dietary habits, including the amount of diet soda and other beverages they drank.
About 7% of the men reported being diagnosed with diabetes during the course of the study. Men who drank the most sugary drinks, about one serving a day, were 16% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than men who stayed away from these drinks.
The increase was associated mainly with carbonated sugary drinks, but not other sweet beverages like lemonade, the study found.
The study can be found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.