New study findings from researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had much larger waistlines than people who skipped out on the beverages.
To investigate, researchers followed over 450 diet soda drinkers for almost 10 years. They found that diet soda drinkers' waists grew a whopping 70 percent more than non-drinkers.
In fact, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced waist size increases that were six times greater than people who didn't drink diet soda.
The study, presented at the meeting of the American Diabetes Association, wasn't the only one to make a link between diet beverages and health consequences.
Another study found that when diabetes-prone mice were fed aspartame, a calorie-free sweetener, they experienced elevated blood sugar levels. While the findings are preliminary, researchers say the results suggest that heavy aspartame exposure might potentially contribute to increased blood glucose levels, and thus contribute to the associations between diet soda consumption the risk of diabetes in humans.
Just earlier this year, researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that people who drank at least one diet soda a day had a 48 per cent higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or fatal cardiac event than those who reported no soda consumption.
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