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    Each can of diet soda per day increases risk of overweight by 41%


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    Wednesday, June 22, 2005 2:54 am Email this article
    People who drink either sodas or diet sodas are more likely to be overweight than people who do not according to data collected over 8 years and reported at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego, California. The more soda, diet or regular, the more likely to be overweight

    The more soda people consumed, the more likely they were to be overweight.

    Each can of diet soda per day increases risk of overweight by 41%

    The risk of being overweight increased by 41 percent for every can or bottle of diet soda a person consumed each day.

    Diet sodas increase likelihood of overweight more than regular sodas

    Surprisingly, they found that diet sodas increased the risk of being overweight even more than regular sodas.

    “For regular soft-drink drinkers,” Daniel DeNoon of WebMD reported, “the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:”

    “For diet soft-drink drinkers,” DeNoon continues, “the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:”

    “For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s
    risk of obesity went up 41%.”

    Comments

    I am surprised by these results based on a previous study which found that after losing weight, women who consumed NutraSweet (aspartame) gained less weight than those who did not.

    In this previous study, women who consumed NutraSweet (aspartame) maintained 6 pounds greater weight loss after one year and 11 pounds after two years.

    Comment: Does not prove cause and effect, but it seems likely

    The current study does not necessarily prove cause and effect, that is, it does not prove that sodas or diet sodas increase the risk of being overweight, but the data suggests to me that this is the case, since the risk continues to increase as the amount of soda or diet soda increases.

    It is always possible that people who are gaining weight drink more diet sodas, hoping that it will help them lose weight.

    Comment: Were people telling the truth?

    I don’t know how this data was collected, but I would guess that it was based on personal recall, that is, subjects told researchers what and how much they consumed.

    Studies have found that obese people may underreport their calorie intake by as much as 50 percent, that is, telling researchers that they only eat half as many calories as they really do.

    This also seems like a possibility in the current study, that is, overweight and obese people may report drinking more diet sodas than they really do because they are embarrassed to admit drinking regular sodas.

    Comment: I tend to believe the results

    All that being said, I tend to believe this study, and believe that diet sodas may stimulate appetite, or stimulate a person’s desire for sweets, and end up causing weight gain.

    Several doctors who specialize in weight loss have told me that they prefer for patients to avoid sodas completely.

    Thank you to Michael Anchors, MD, PhD of PhenPro.com
    REFERENCE for sending me this article.

    DeNoon D. Drink More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight:  Risk Soars 41% With Each Daily Can of Diet Soft Drink. WebMD. 13 Jun 2005.

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    COMMENTS

    On Jun 28, 2005 at 9:06 am Randy Smith, MD wrote:

    . . . . .

    I was really surprised by this one. There may be a behavioral association between soft drinks and calorie rich foods (pretzels, potato chips, etc) that continues even when diet drinks are substituted.

    http://www.antiagingatlanta.com

    On Jun 28, 2005 at 10:16 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    Dr. Smith,

    Somewhat surprising, I agree.

    However, diet sodas increase calorie intake in women

    However, one study found that women who drank four cans of diet soda per day ate 300-400 calories more than when they did not drink the soda, so it seems to stimulate appetite, at least in women, and I assume men, as you suggest.

    I would say that is my personal experience -- that diet sodas make me want to drink more and more because of the sweet taste.

    Saccharin cause weight loss in animals (but maybe not humans), while NutraSweet may cause weight gain

    Animal research also suggests that while saccharin increases the release of fat from fat cells (lipolysis) and increases thermogenesis, NutraSweet (aspartame) does the opposite. It reduces release of fat from fat cells and decreases thermogenesis.

    See http://fatnews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/642/

    However, saccharin may lead to weight gain in humans.

    I'll post a article from a 1997 suggesting this.

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