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Studies Suggest That Dieters Using Sugar Substitutes May Be Getting The Opposite Result

June 27, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who analyzed health and diet data from 474 participants in a longitudinal aging study found that diet soft drink consumption was associated with increased waist circumference in humans. A second study in mice found aspartame raised fasting blood sugar levels in diabetes-prone mice. Taken together, the studies suggest that people who turn to diet beverages and other foods containing sugar substitutes as a weight loss measure may be getting the opposite result. In the human study, diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Findings of the animal syudy suggest that heavy aspartame exposure might potentially directly contribute to increased blood glucose levels, and increased risk of diabetes, the researchers concluded.
Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., Ganesh Halade, Ph.D., et al., "Waistlines in People Glucose Levels in Mice Hint at Sweeteners Effects: Related Studies Point to the Illusion of the Artificial", Press release, The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, June 27, 2011, © The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
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