Diet soda is touted as being healthier than regular soda, but is it actually doing more harm than good?

According to a recent study, diet soda is associated with an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR). More specifically, patients who consumed more than four cans of diet soda a week had significantly increased odds of experiencing proliferative DR than patients who did not. Regular soft drink consumption, on the other hand, was not found to be associated with DR.

While it’s not recommended to drink soda regularly while living with diabetes, this might be one case where opting for the real deal is better than trying to drink a “healthier” option.

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