For those of you who want the cliff notes version, here it is:
- Studies show that Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) concentrations rise strongly after drinking diet soda. PTH increases blood calcium levels by releasing calcium from our bones. Over time this can greatly affect bone mineral density.
- Women who drink diet soda excrete more calcium in their urine than those who don't.
- The intense sweetness of artificial sweeteners may confuse the body and lead to increased appetite and weight gain.
- Diet soda consumption has also recently been linked to kidney disfunction and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.