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One-third of people who consume most diet soda are 34% more likely to have metabolic syndrome
Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:25 am Email this article
The one-third of people consuming the most diet soda were 34 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome than the one-third of people consuming the least according to a study from researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. REFERENCE
Lutsey P, Steffen L, Stevens J. Dietary intake and the development of the metabolic syndrome: The atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Circulation. 2008 Feb 12, 117(6):754-61.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Lyn M. Steffen, PhD, MPH, RD
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
University of Minnesota
School of Public Health
1300 S 2nd St, Ste 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415 USA
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On Nov 16, 2008 at 3:09 am Itsme wrote:
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These studies are almost all fundmentally flawed. If you pick a group at random and look at the diet soda drinkers, you would find that the ones that were overweight were the ones drinking the diet sodas, AND that they did not start drinking the diet sodas until after they became overweight.
It's not like a chicken and egg question of what comes first or what is the causality. In my mind these types of studies are usually garbage, and a complete waste of money. Of course overweight people drink more diet sodas.
Why not look at diet centers. Perhaps belonging to weight watchers makes you overweight. Just look at what a high percentage of their attendees are overweight.
And even if these studies don't claim causality, they are presented in a way that non-scientists reading the headline, and newspapers reporting the story believe that there is causality.
If it were up to me, I would immediately strip the credentials of anyone who submits one of these studies.
Dont' misunderstand, it is possible that drinking artifically sweetened drinks could cause an increase in calories consumption, compared to drinking water. It's just that few of these studies are set up to determine that.
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