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A new study has found that the increased intake of diet soda is directly associated with the greater abdominal obesity among adults who are 65 years of age and older.
According to the researchers, the consumption of chronic diet soda may raise the belly fat and lead to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome.
Sharon Fowler, study lead author and researcher from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said, “Our study seeks to fill the age gap by exploring the adverse health effects of diet soda intake in individuals 65 years of age and older.”
The burden of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, along with health care costs, is higher in the ever-surging senior population.
The older individuals who consume diet soda daily, mainly those at higher risk of cardio-metabolic disease, should try to check their intake of artificially sweetened drinks.
According to the researchers, the findings of the study indicate that the rise in circumference of the waistline among diet soda drinkers was nearly triple than the non-users at follow-up.
“The study showed that the rising intake of diet soda was linked to escalation of abdominal obesity, which may also raise the cardio-metabolic risk in older adults,” Fowler said.
The findings of the study were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.