A team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have warned that consumption of diet soda in excess may cause reduced kidney function in women.
Those consuming a lot of artificially sweetened drinks might end up damaging their kidneys.
Dr Julie Lin, MPH, FASN of Brigham and Women's Hospital said, "There are currently limited data on the role of diet in kidney disease. While more study is needed, our research suggests that higher sodium and artificially sweetened soda intake are associated with greater rate of decline in kidney function." Lin added.
They conducted a study with 3000 women and found that "in women with well-preserved kidney function, higher dietary sodium intake was associated with greater kidney function decline, which is consistent with experimental animal data that high sodium intake promotes progressive kidney decline."
They conducted another study to check the influence of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages on kidney function. "A significant two-fold increased odds, between two or more servings per day of artificially sweetened soda and faster kidney function decline; no relation between sugar-sweetened beverages and kidney function decline was noted" said Dr. Lin.