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Tue Nov 10 20:52:02 UTC 2009

I have heard from many people that diet pepsi/coke is bad for you. Is this true.

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I am a type 2 diabetic and have hard time loosing weight, on insulin
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Expert Answers (1)
2009-11-14 15:11:18.0

Hello Frustratedandtired
Diet colas are nice now and then If you are drinking a diet soda on occasion, usually it will not be harmful. But everything in moderation. Remember that diet colas will mostlikely have caffeine in them. This will increase your heart rate and could increase your blood pressure! The colas may also have sodium in them. Any kind of manufactured drink like a diet soda will have ingredients that could be troublesome. Too much sugar substitute can cause GI symptoms like gas, flatulance and diarrhea! Everyone is unique and tolerates these ingredients differently. I suggest that you limit diet sodas to a few a week. Water is always your best beverage.

Insulin does make people gain weight as a side effect. Are you exercising? Please try to walk 30 minutes every day! This will make your body work more efficiently. Your muscles will uptake the glucose better. The insulin will work better. Insulin resistance will decrease. Walking is the best exercise you can do to lose weight but it must be done at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes at a time. And drink your water before and after a good walk to prevent dehydration!.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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2012-06-12 12:43:40.0

I used to drink Diet Pepsi like crazy. I could go through most of a 24 pack a day. I had a lot of trouble with my legs swelling and hurting. My fiancee said she would quit smoking if I quit drinking Diet Pepsi so I bit the bullet and did it. And was very surprised my legs and feet stopped swelling. Nothing else changed so it had to be the DP...
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2010-11-09 16:29:07.0

My doctor prefers that I drink neither (regular or diet cola) but says if I'm going to drink it, to drink regular not diet. Her reasoning is that your body gets the signal for incoming sugar but the insulin released has nothing to work on because it's not really sugar coming in. I try to stay away from diet sodas for a different reason because I have allergies to some of the ingredients. I also have a different allergy that reacts from regular cola. Trouble is, it's really hard to give it up. So I try for moderation. My doctor says that's a start. She still hopes I'll completely stop drinking it. I have quit several times for several months but I end up back at it... Moderation is not easy. (One incentive that I have, is that when I'm not drinking sodas, I drop weight a lot more easily. They contain a lot of useless calories and my idea of moderation is less than 2 liters per day. Which isn't really "moderate" at all!)
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2010-11-09 12:36:25.0

My doctor cousin told me once that they give diet coke to their patients when they have high blood glucose levels. She said that it lowers the blood glucose... Nevertheless, the problem related to diet stuff is that they contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame K and so on. The long-term effects are not fully known (and some of the present results are not so pleasant) so I would rather not use them. (and I do not)
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2010-11-09 10:52:21.0

The one answer you recieved that I read is a bit harsh. It is also very expensive to follow. The reality is there is very little, if anything, that is not harmful if consumed in excess. If you enjoy, diet soda have a little. The hardest part I have found about being a diabetic is having everyone tell you that so many things are bad for you and must be eliminated from your diet. If you think about it, even your medication is bad for you, IF you dose yourself too much. Experiment find out how much of something you can have and enjoy it.
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2009-12-04 15:47:48.0

Hi Frustratedandtired, You have heard correctly. Eliminate all soda (regular or diet) from your diet and drink only water or decaffeinated and unsweetened tea. Dietary suggestions for type 2 diabetics (and everyone else for that matter):  The deadly 4:  1.  No soda, diet or otherwise.  Ever.  For the rest of your life.   2.  No simple sugars: candy, cakes, pie, ice cream, etc., etc., etc., or fruit juices.  Ever.  For the rest of your life.  This includes honey, maple syrup, molasass.  3.  No white, or refined flour or anything made of it.  Ever.  For the rest of your life.  This includes many breads and cereals, most pasta, and literally all pastry.  Replace grains with seed/grains (amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa), and eat them sparingly for now.  4.  No deep-fried food.  Ever.   Limit whole fruits (no more than 1 small servings/day) until body regains ability to properly process carbohydrates.  Eliminate milk (it's totally worthless as a human food).  Use diluted hemp milk instead.  Severely limit grain-based foods (especially bread and cereal) and make it only whole grain.  Grains are concentrated carbohydrates.  Focus on whole vegetables, more raw the better. You can eat most vegetables without limit. You don't have to be hungry.  Include adequate proteins every day (eggs, fish, chicken, beef-if grass fed).  Don't forget whole beans of all types.  Add flax meal or oil to your diet every day.  Move toward eating no more than 3 meals/day, no snacks between meals, with the last meal of the day no closer than 4 hrs. to bedtime (5 hrs. if a big meal).
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