Texas: Two new studies have suggested that taking diet sodas as healthy alternatives to control weight gain might be a self-defeating behaviour.Epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio found that diet soft drink consumption was associated with increased waist circumference in humans, and a second study found aspartame raised fasting glucose (blood sugar) in diabetes-prone mice."Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised. They may be free of calories but not of consequences," said Helen P Hazuda, PhD, professor and chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine.To examine the relationship between diet soft drink consumption and long-term change in waist circumference, the Health Science Center team assessed data from 474 elderly Mexican Americans and European Americans.
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