How Does Soda Dehydrate the Body?

  1. 0 I was speaking to a nurse whose brother had a 'borderline' creatinine level. Her brother told her that the nurse told him that he drinks alot of soda, and that probably dehydrated him slightly. We were trying to debate this, and from my deduction, it may be that his sugar was elevated.

    Anyone have an answer to this? Thanks!
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  4. Visit  Virgo_RN} profile page
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    I thought caffeine was a diuretic....
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    Quote from NancyNurse08
    I thought caffeine was a diuretic....

    That has been proven false. Google "caffeine diuretic".

    http://advance.uconn.edu/2002/020722/02072207.htm

    • When caffeine or a caffeinated beverage is consumed, the body retains some of the fluid;
    • Caffeine consumption causes a mild diuresis very similar to that of water (water, when consumed in large volume, increases urine output);
    • There is no evidence that consumption of caffeinated beverages causes a fluid-electrolyte imbalance that is detrimental to health or exercise performance;
    • A person who regularly consumes caffeine has a higher tolerance to the diuretic effect;
    • The determination of safety or risk of consuming caffeine and caffeinated beverages depends on several factors, including the amount consumed and tolerance to caffeine.


    steph
  6. Visit  mcknis} profile page
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    I did see the site that you posted when I did a Google search, and so I partially agree with your analysis. But, what is caffeine? It is a stimulant. So what does a stimulant do? It increases heart rate and cardiac output. An increased cardiac output sends more blood to the kidneys, causing an increased amount of urine excretion, leading to the dehydration (diuretic).

    If you don't believe me, try it for yourself, or just Google it to learn more.
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    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I was speaking to a nurse whose brother had a 'borderline' creatinine level. Her brother told her that the nurse told him that he drinks alot of soda, and that probably dehydrated him slightly. We were trying to debate this, and from my deduction, it may be that his sugar was elevated.

    Anyone have an answer to this? Thanks!
    My urologist told me to drink plenty of fluids; I asked him if sodas were allowed. He said it didn't make any difference what I drank as long as it was wet.

    I know this doesn't answer your question
    Last edit by EmmaG on Jan 10, '08
  8. Visit  DutchgirlRN} profile page
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    I've had this saved in my documents to remind me not to drink soda


    What is Soda Pop Doing For You?

    Do you love your Pepsi or Coke? Can’t go a day without having your soda pop? Addicted to soda like some people are addicted to coffee? Well if you love your soda you aren’t alone but then you also need to read this!

    Did you know that your soda could actually kill you? Especially those that are caffeinated.
    Read article in its entirety:

    http://www.articleclick.com/what-is-...g-for-you.html
    Last edit by sirI on Jan 5, '08 : Reason: edited for copyright purposes
  9. Visit  EmmaG} profile page
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    You can have my Coke when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers :stone


    btw, there's a research article referenced here; can't seem to find it anywhere else...

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp
  10. Visit  Spidey's mom} profile page
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    I checked out snopes.com . . .

    About 1/2 way down is info about dehydration and caffeine.

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

    And the aluminum and Alzheimer's link is tenuous at best.

    http://www.sciam.com/article/id/0000...88F2D7/catID/3

    Any time an author blames one agent for so many diseases, you have to look at it skeptically.

    There was an urban legend that ran around the internet years ago (maybe still is) that aspartame caused every disease known to mankind.

    I agree that drinking a lot of soda with sugar is not good for you. My husband finally started drinking Diet Pepsi after being diagnosed as diabetic. He swore he would not ever be able to do it - but he did. Now he cannot stand how sweet regular Pepsi is.

    steph
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    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    You can have my Coke when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers :stone


    btw, there's a research article referenced here; can't seem to find it anywhere else...

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

    Great minds think alike!!

    I like Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi Max.

    steph
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  12. Visit  Virgo_RN} profile page
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    Okay, I didn't read any of the links, but if it's not caffeine, what about osmotic diuresis from the increased blood sugar levels?
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  13. Visit  EmmaG} profile page
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    Quote from stevielynn
    Great minds think alike!!

    I like Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi Max.

    steph
    Where would I be without snopes and teh Google.

    While I believe that all the stuff about aspartame is overblown, I do find that when I drink diet sodas I tend to have issues with headaches and fluid retention (not simply dependent, but hands, face, that sort of thing). Perhaps there is an mild allergy of sorts. Not sure.
    Last edit by EmmaG on Jan 5, '08
  14. Visit  EmmaG} profile page
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    Quote from NancyNurse08
    Okay, I didn't read any of the links, but if it's not caffeine, what about osmotic diuresis from the increased blood sugar levels?
    If that were the case, wouldn't you also see that effect with juices? A carb is a carb.
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  15. Visit  Spidey's mom} profile page
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    I found the old email . . . and a lot of other urban legends. This is fun.

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blxfood.htm

    steph


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