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Diet Soda May Be Damaging Your Kidneys

A while back we learned that soda, both diet and regular, was bad for the heart, and now it looks like more organs are at risk: the kidneys. This time it's diet sodas, or more specifically, the artificial sweeteners, that seem to be the culprit. A study published recently of over 3,500 women found that those who drank two or more diet sodas daily had decreased kidney function by about 30 percent. This percentage is significant, for at the beginning of the six-year study, the participants all had normal kidney function. Drinking two servings or fewer of diet soda daily did not decrease kidney function, which does naturally slow down with age. It looks like that diet soda, along with most other things, should be enjoyed in moderation.

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lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
haha I haven't drank soda in over 2 years. nasty nasty stuff.
hmweis1 hmweis1 7 years
I don't smoke, I don't drink, I eat healthy. Diet soda is my one vice and I'm really reluctant to give it up. We can't live in a bubble, people!
biarose biarose 7 years
My mum has renal failure and has to have dialysis 3 times a week to do her kidney's work for her. Whenever she drinks diet drinks she has a permanent sweet taste in her mouth until her next dialysis session!
vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
No, no, no, no! Say it isn't so! I cannot get through the day without my Diet Coke. I know it's not healthy, and in fact, I more concerned about my teeth than my kidneys. Without any alcohol, this is my only "fun" drink. I'm with Zulkey on this one.
arianamarie arianamarie 7 years
i never drink that trash...does this go for regulars and zeros?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I don't have any science to back me up, but I experienced a dramatic decrease in migraine headaches as soon as I cut diet soda (and really all soda) out of my diet. I had been getting them several times a month - sometimes having multiple ones per week. I noticed that each time I had a migraine, I had drank a diet soda within the past 24 hours. Without changing anything else, I gave up diet soda and am now down to 1 migraine every 1-3 months. So yeah, I totally believe artificial sweeteners mess with your body!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
while I know I could stand to cut down my diet pepsi/fresca habit I'm not going to change my routine based on this one report. It might be completely right but at the same time wouldn't we have heard of an epidemic of people sick with kidney disease based on their pop intake? may be wishful thinking, I may be in the hospital in a few years but I'm fit as a fiddle and you're really going to scare me more than this to pry my pop out of my hands.
MariahGem MariahGem 7 years
Wow. Great. I had Kidney stones at 19 because of a 3+ Pepsi a day habit, but at 25 I made the switch to Diet Pepsi thinking it was healthier for me. FANTASTIC. *sigh*
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Would this apply to coffee with Splenda, if the culprit is the artificial sweeteners?
weffie weffie 7 years
I've been drinking much less of it since I started reading up on reactions people have to aspartame (inspired by my grandmother, who suddenly developed a horrible rash because she became sensitive to the diet pop she's been drinking for years)... Aspartame is basically sweet poison. There are a lot of sodas that use actual sugar instead of HFCS and/or chemicals if you really must quench a craving!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Diet soda is like, my only health vice. I do enjoy it, but I probably really should cut it out of my diet, or at least cut back to only a can a week or so.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I hope another study comes out that clarifies this or something because the thought of having to do away with diet pop bums me out.
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
Wow, that's quite a large study! Agreed - very disturbing. I don't drink too much diet soda; maybe a can or two per week, but I'm going to try to avoid it all-out now.
Loren02 Loren02 7 years
Drink your water ladies. Try mineral water w/ lemon if you're looking for fizz!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Wow, I'm considering eliminating this from my diet, too.
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