A new study presented at this week’s American Diabetes Association conference casts further suspicion on the health effects of diet sodas. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas, tracked the diet soda consumption of almost 500 adults over nearly ten years. It found that regular diet soda consumption was closely linked with increased waistlines and weight gain. A related study reported at the conference found that lab mice fed aspartame, a common diet soda sweetener, had significantly elevated blood glucose levels – suggesting a possible causal link for the Texas study results. Both studies come on the heels of recent findings linking diet soda with higher stroke and heart attack risk, and increased cravings for sweets. Learn more about the new study and find links to the earlier research at Diet Soda & Weight Gain, all suggesting it may be time for a diet soda coda.