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Diet soda could be linked to bulging bellies in older adults: study

"The burden of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, along with healthcare costs, is great in the ever-increasing senior population," says lead author Sharon Fowler, MPH, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

One of the problems of such single-food focused studies is that they don’t look at the overall diet.  Seniors have a more difficult time chewing protein, which has positive metabolic effects.  Without the necessary protein to prevent constant hunger, increased consumption of carbohydrates and fat is a likely outcome, thus causing the increased fat accumulation.

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