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An analysis of 10 years of data from the Framingham Heart Study reveals that middle-aged participants who drank one or more sodas daily – regular or diet – were twice as likely as non-soda drinkers to develop a set of risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Known as metabolic syndrome, the risk factors include abdominal obesity and high levels of blood sugar and LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol.

The study’s author, however, points out that the findings don’t suggest soda directly causes metabolic syndrome, but merely an association between the two. Nutritionists and physicians who treat diabetes stress that diet soda is far better for their patients than regular soda.


What do you think? Is diet soda a health friend or foe?

Friend, it's a sweet treat that doesn’t derail my diet with extra calories.
Foe, it lets people rationalize overindulging in other foods.
Friend, it helps me avoid overeating.
Foe, artificial sweeteners aren't the way to go.
I'm not sure.


Thank you.  Results will be published in the next issue of Cleveland Clinic Magazine.   

To see the results of our last poll on the HPV vaccine, click here. . .


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