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Friday Roundup: Diet Soda & Diabetes Risk, Southern Diets & Stroke & More

admin - March 1, 2013

Can diet soda cause diabetes?Do you want to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. March is National Nutrition Month so this news roundup features recent headlines focused on diets and nutrition. Headlines include diet soda and diabetes risk, southern diets and stroke risk, and the best foods for minerals and vitamins you need.


Can Diet Soda Raise Risk of Diabetes?

Soda isn’t exactly healthy for you, but drinking diet soda isn’t so bad. Right? Maybe not.

New research shows that even drinking sugar-free drinks like diet soda can raise a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reviewed the beverage habits of over 66,000 women over a period of 14 years. Results showed that the women drank more diet soda than sugar-sweetened drinks over the study period.

The surprising finding is that due to the rate of diabetes development among the women over the 14 year period, the diet soda drinkers had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the regular soda drinkers. It’s important to note, however, that the study only found a correlation between diabetes and diet soda, not a direct causal relationship.

Read the full study results here:


Study Finds Link Between Southern Diets and Stroke

The Southeast is commonly referred to as the “Stroke Belt” because the incidence of stroke is higher compared to other regions of the United States. One new study links this increased incidence of stroke to the popular southern diet of deep-fried foods and sugary drinks.

Eating a diet that consists of six meals a week of foods like processed meats, french fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, sweet tea, soda drinks and more increases a person’s risk of stroke by 41 percent compared to people who only eat these foods once a month.

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Read the full article on southern diets and stroke risk here:


Best Foods for the Minerals and Vitamins You Need

A healthy diet consists of foods loaded with the vitamins and nutrients we need to keep every part of our bodies, from our brains to our hearts to our bones, healthy. But how do you know if the foods you’re eating are giving you the substantial vitamins and minerals you need for years of health?

Yahoo! Health recently featured a list of the best foods that contain the minerals and vitamins you need, like vitamin A, C, D, zinc, potassium, calcium and more. Some of these foods include sweet red peppers (vitamin C), fatty fishes like salmon (vitamin D), sweet potatoes (potassium) and more.

Read the full list of the top foods for sufficient minerals and vitamins here:


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1 Comment so far
  1. Tim Lee - March 3, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I used to live in the south and can tell you that waaaaaaayyy too many activities are based around food. Whether it’s bbqs, state fairs, food trucks or just good home cooked meals, it’s easy to eat too much here.

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