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15 Reasons Why Drinking Diet Soda and Alcohol Can Kill You
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:52:40 PM »

15 Reasons Why Drinking Diet Soda and Alcohol Can Kill You



 

Soda and alcoholic beverages have no season. People want them in the summer to cool off and, especially wine and liquor, in the winter to warm up. The good news is that fewer people consume soda – 63 percent avoided it in 2014 compared to 41 percent in 2002, according to Gallup – but many still can’t resist the sweet beverage – the average person drinks 45 gallons a year.

The bad news is that people may have replaced soda with booze. A recent study found that heavy drinking among Americans rose by 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012. To make matters worse, people consume more in a shorter period of time. Binging is up almost 9 percent. Excessive drinking is when you have more than four drinks a night or more than eight a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. A report from 2014 found 54 direct and indirect ways – from car crashes to depression and cirrhosis – in which alcohol can be lead to death.

Sugary sodas have been losing to diet ones for several years now. A lot of research has proven how unhealthy sugar is. A recent one even made a connection between soda and life expectancy decrease by 4.6 years because the sugar damages telomeres, which affect how cells age. So while people are getting rid of one harmful substance, they are inviting several others. Diet sodas taste the same as regular ones because they have artificial sweeteners. They play tricks on the brain in a worse way than sugary sodas. It thinks the body is consuming more calories than it actually is, eventually leading to appetite problems. In the end, people end up eating more. All of this is so discouraging, you are better off just drinking water, tea or smoothies.

Alcohol has some more immediate effects such as loss of coordination, impaired vision and slower breathing but, just like diet soda, it can kill you if you consume a lot of it on regular basis. Combine the two and you’ll get drunk faster because you end up drinking more, according to a Northern Kentucky University study. The artificial sweeteners speed up the absorption of alcohol.

The World Health Organization says that alcohol kills more than 3 million people worldwide each year. That is one person every 10 seconds. The causes vary from driving accidents to violence and health problems linked to excessive drinking.

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Re: 15 Reasons Why Drinking Diet Soda and Alcohol Can Kill You
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 08:54:12 PM »
Fatty Liver

The artificial, non-saccharide sweetener Aspartame found in diet sodas is the culprit here. An Israeli study has shown it to increase insulin resistance and trigger fatty liver disease, which means there is a buildup of extra fat in the liver cells. Alcohol has also been linked to fatty liver disease. The organ’s job is to process everything we eat and drink, but too much fat will have an effect. The condition can also be brought on by excessive drinking. Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the earliest stage of other drinking-related liver problems. There are usually no symptoms.

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2016, 08:55:32 PM »
Cancer

Experiments on rats have shown that Aspartame, the market names of which are NutraSweet® and Equal®, can cause the development of cancerous cells in different parts or the body. The sweetener’s carcinogenic effects are increased when exposure begins in the womb. The Department of Health lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. The most common cancers linked to excessive drinking are head and neck cancers, esophageal, liver, breast, colon and rectum, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2016, 08:57:15 PM »
Metabolic Syndrome


Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of factors that increase the chance of suffering from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A study concluded that basically the more you drink, the more likely you are to develop this condition. Symptoms include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood clots, and too much belly fat.




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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2016, 08:58:36 PM »
Heart Failure


A Swedish study that observed 42,400 men over 12 years said that only two sweetened drinks a day can increase the risk of heart problems by almost a quarter. Less than half of the people first diagnosed with the condition live longer than five years, according to the Heart Failure Society of America. Alcohol is also to blame. It weakens the heart muscle. That deteriorates the organ because it has more difficulties pumping blood.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 08:59:58 PM »
Diabetes

Diet sodas trick the brain by triggering its “awards” regions, causing “metabolic derangements.” That basically means that you end up eating more or changing your diet in an unhealthy way, eventually – and ironically – leading to the diseases you are trying to avoid by switching to diet soda. Another study has linked artificial sweeteners to a change in gut microbes, increasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Excessive drinking causes chronic inflammation of the pancreas. As a result, it can’t secrete insulin properly, leading to diabetes in the end.

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2016, 09:01:17 PM »
Obesity

Have you ever known anyone who switched from regular to diet soda and lost weight (without making any other changes)? Probably not. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda. The 470+ participants were observed for about a decade. Also, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, alcohol is fat-sparing. The body will burn the calories from booze first before it burns any fat.

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2016, 09:02:37 PM »
Stroke

Researchers had said that consuming as little as one diet soda a day could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by 48 percent. When you drink the soda, the body releases insulin after it “tastes” the sweetness from the artificial sweeteners. Too much of them, but no sugar, causes an overload, making the cells less responsive to the hormone. Alcohol can trigger symptoms of atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia), which increases the risk of stroke by five times. Excess of alcohol stops the liver from making the materials that help the blood to clot.

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2016, 09:03:55 PM »
Multiple Sclerosis

Experts can’t agree on this one. Some studies link the Aspartame sweetener to a higher risk of multiple sclerosis while the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have rejected the notion. Why risk it when diet soda causes so many other problems anyway?

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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2016, 09:05:10 PM »
Osteoporosis

The phosphoric acid in soda drinks extracts calcium from the bones. No calcium means weaker bones, increasing the risk of fractures. A study found that women who drank soda beverages had lower bone density in the hips. Other research has also suggested that higher soda consumption is associated with more bone fractures.

 

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