If you like to drink diet soda every day, you may want to give it up and switch to another drink like water or carbonated water. According to the American Diabetes Association, data from research studies reveal that diet soda may be causing you to gain weight, and it may also be causing your waistline to increase in size. Moreover, the artificial sweeteners in diet soda could be leading to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
At the University of Texas, a study was done that consisted of over 474 older adults. The results of the study revealed that even though all participants saw an increase in their waistline measurements over the course of the study, the diet soda drinkers saw even more of an increase in their abdomens–an increase of seventy percent more, which is quite significant.
Moreover, the study’s participants who drank more than two or more diet sodas each day saw a significantly higher increase in the measurements of their stomach. The researchers reported their stomach sizes increased 500 percent more than the participants who didn’t drink diet soda. The researchers also reported that the results took into consideration other factors like diabetes, age and activity level of the participants.
The American Diabetes Association reports that people who drink diet soda may be more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a serious condition characterized by a cluster of risk factors that make people more inclined to suffer from heart disease and diabetes. Having high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high insulin levels and excess fat around the abdomen are risk factors for metabolic syndrome. A person who has one of these conditions may not necessarily mean he or she suffers from metabolic syndrome; however, having two or more of these conditions increases the risk.
A research study with 6,800 adults suggested that diet soda drinkers who drink at least one or more diet sodas every day have a 40 percent higher chance of having excess fat around their middles and having an increased chance of suffering from elevated glucose levels. People who have both of these conditions should be cautious because both of these conditions are also associated with metabolic syndrome.
Many people argue that diet soda studies may be flawed; however, overall the studies should be compelling enough for people, especially those who are overweight or obese, to consider eliminating diet soda from from their beverages each day.