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.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener widely used in diet sodas and other products.The mice in the aspartame group showed elevated fasting glucose levels but equal or diminished insulin levels, consistent with early declines in pancreatic beta-cell function."These results suggest that heavy aspartame exposure might potentially directly contribute to increased blood glucose levels, and thus contribute to the associations observed between diet soda consumption and the risk of diabetes in humans," noted Fernandes.The study was presented June 25 at the American Diabetes Association`s Scientific Sessions.ANI
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