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A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that drinking diet soft drinks could be the reason for increasing waistlines in older people.
The study, which included more than 700 participants, monitored the progress of people aged over 65 over a nine year period. During that time, researchers noted that people who elected to consume diet soft drinks had, on average, a waistline three times that of participants who never consumed diet beverages. More so, occasional diet soft drinkers had waistlines more than double that of those who abstained.
It’s interesting to consider why this could be. Previous studies into the affects of artificial sweeteners have noted that mice used in trial situations developed lesions on the brain after being fed the unnatural sweeteners. (Post continues after gallery.)
This part of the brain happened to be the one that regulates the “I’m full, stop eating” feeling. Therefore, mice who had developed the lesions were more likely to consume more food. Apparently, it could be a similar case for humans.
“The sweeteners could boost weight gain by disrupting the way the body processes sugar, making people more hungry,” says Sharon Fowler, author of the study.