Diet Soda in the News

diet coke can.jpgAs part of healthy bladder habits, I advise clients with urgency to avoid caffeine and artificial sweeteners as one strategy to reduce urgency and day or night time frequency. During pregnancy, women are advised to eliminate alcohol as no safe level of intake has been established. This ‘better-safe-than-sorry’ approach may also apply to diet soda during pregnancy or if you’re reducing daily sugar calories by drinking diet soda.

Findings from the multi ethnic observational Northern Manhattan Study- www.columbianomas.org/study.html indicate these drinks have undesirable side effects. Results show that sugar free drinks are not the healthy alternative for sugar-laden drinks. The study’s lead investigator Hannah Gardener ScD, said people who drink diet soda daily, experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events (stroke and heart disease). The researchers followed up on 2500 multi ethnic people (average follow up was 9.3 years), finding 559 vascular events reported, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

For a healthy fizzy alternative, try sparkling mineral water with a lime twist or top up a 1/3 of a glass of cranberry fruit juice for a bladder friendly drink.