The Worst Foods for Diabetics (Even Ones That Seem Healthy)

How Diet Soda Is Just As Bad As Regular Soda

A bottle of diet cola sits on a restaurant table.
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Most people know that soda doesn’t fit into a diabetic diet. But did you know that diet soda carries risks as well? Research by the American Diabetes Association found a consistent link between diet drinks and diabetes. Participants who drank it daily had a 67% higher chance of type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar levels, belly fat, and metabolic syndrome.

Another study in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology linked diet soda to a higher risk of diabetic retinopathy. This damages the blood vessels around the eyes and may cause diabetics to go blind. Do yourself a favor and avoid diet sodas.