Study: Diet Soda May Be Making You Fat

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You are wrong if you thought diet soda was healthier as they use artificial sweeteners. A new study found that people who regularly drink diet soda gain about triple the abdominal fat compared to non-drinkers.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, people who daily drank diet soda for about 10 years gained almost triple the abdominal fat than those who did not drink diet soda.

The waist circumferences of diet soda drinkers gained about 2.11 centimeters, while non-users gained 0.77 centimeters around the waist. Daily consumers gained a whopping 3.04 centimeters, while occasional users' waist increased 1.76 cm.

The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging examined 749 Mexican-Americans and European-Americans aged 65 and older for almost 10 years.

The study reached a conclusion that "increasing diet soda intake was associated with escalating abdominal obesity, a potential pathway for cardiometabolic risk in this aging population."

The study also found that daily consumption of diet soda for a longer period could increase the risk of metabolic syndrome that could lead to cardiovascular diseases.

Recent studies have panned the use of artificial sweeteners suggesting its consumption to be unhealthy that could lead to obesity and other health problems.

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