The Effect of Soda on Type 2 Diabetics
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin – which is needed to monitor blood sugar levels. A regular consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks has been shown to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard has even shown that an individual who consumes at least one sugary soft drink each day is two times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Obviously, too much sugar is bad for anybody, but type 2 diabetics are especially sensitive to the amount of sugar that goes into their bodies. A regular soda has about 9 teaspoons of sugar- wow! It can cause glucose levels to spike; resulting in the pancreas secreting high levels of insulin to remove the sugar from the blood. Diabetics struggle with this because their bodies do not have the capability to produce the natural insulin which completes that process. Diabetics who drink a lot of soda put themselves at risk for developing a condition known as hyperglycemia – high blood sugar. Some doctors have advised their diabetic patients to stay away from soda and other sugary soft drinks because of how drastically it spikes your blood sugar levels.
Although diet soda is not as frowned upon for diabetics, it is still linked with obesity and should be avoided as much as possible. The artificial sweeteners in the diet sodas have been shown to cause weight gain, especially around the waist line. Even though diet sodas have no calories it is known to increase your appetite and make you crave carbohydrates. Those who drink diet sodas also are known to weigh more and eat more than those who drink more water. At Amino Diet, we believe the healthiest drink is water. If you want, add a splash of lemon and maybe even a pinch of flavored Stevia!
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