Your 'diet' could be wrecking your blood sugar

A diabetes diagnosis is a big-time wakeup call -- and when most folks get the news, they make immediate changes.

Unfortunately, most folks change all the wrong things!

They've got the right intentions. We all do when it comes to our health, right?


They know it's time to kick the sugar habit... but sometimes, the best of intentions can lead to the worst of actions.

So instead of making a clean break, they swap their sugary treats -- especially soda -- for the no-cal, sugar-free, "diet" versions.

Out with the Coke, and in with the Diet Coke.

Easy!

But as you've read here in House Calls over the years, diet sodas aren't much healthier than the sugary ones they replace.

Now, new research shows how diet sodas can actually UNDERMINE your diet and lead to WORSE control over blood sugar if you have diabetes.

In the study, 81 overweight or obese diabetic women were put on a diet for weight loss. Some were allowed to keep drinking diet soda, others were told to quit the soda and drink water instead.

And if you're still drinking diet soda, you might want to make that swap right now yourself -- because the women who switched to water lost about 20 percent more weight over 24 weeks and shaved an extra half point off their BMI.

They also enjoyed bigger improvements in fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin, beta-cell function -- just about all the key measures you need to look for when you're locked in a battle with diabetes.

These are the kinds of changes that can help you finally gain the upper hand in the fight against this disease, even if you've had so many false starts before.

And it comes from replacing diet soda with water. Anyone can do that, right?

Of course, the mainstream is perplexed by this.

On paper, there shouldn't have been any difference in weight loss and blood sugar control. The women who drank diet soda didn't eat more calories, and they didn't have any extra sugar.

But there's no Sherlock Holmes mystery here.

Diet soda may not have sugar, but it's pretty clear from years of research that the chemical sweeteners inside damage the body in other ways, leading to problems with appetite and more. They can also trick the brain so that when you get real sugar the body no longer responds to it in the same way.

As a result, diet soda can undermine weight loss... cause weight gain and more belly fat... and actually increase the risk of diabetes.

Plain old water is a great substitution -- but if you want a little flavor, infuse it with fruit.