Pants Too Tight? Could Be That Diet Soda

For older adults who think drinking diet soda helps their waistline, this will be hard to swallow: New research suggests that the more you drink of those artificially sweetened beverages, the bigger your belly grows. A new study of adults age 65-plus found that those who drank diet soda daily gained triple the inches of those who never drank it. The study is the latest to find that diet soda doesn’t actually help us diet. Instead, it may have the …

Forget The Scale: Measure Your Waist To Predict Health Risk

Is your waist measurement more than half your height? Then you could be at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. That’s what British researchers found after following 30,000 middle-aged Europeans for up to 17 years: Waist size, not just weight or Body Mass Index (BMI), was a better predictor for high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. “Keeping your waist circumference to less than half your height can help increase life expectancy for every person in the world,” said …