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

Regularly drinking diet soda could impact waist size, say the authors of a study linking calorie-free colas to greater abdominal obesity in adults 65 years of age and older. The study, which was published in the Journal of American Geriatrics, is among the first to focus on the effect of artificial sweeteners in an aging population.

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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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