Drinks with artificial sweeteners are to be avoided or restricted. the issue should not directly relate to the Diabetes to the consumption of more sodas. Always the risk factors multiply as you keep having un helathy habits. Drinking of soda is relatively a unhealthy habit I suppose. I cannot prove it though but I am sure it is. Lot of caffeine reduces the Diabetes but it increases the hypertension and other risk. so altogether the heart risk remains the same which is equivalent to having Diabetes. Any one else?