Diet soda threatens your health [2014/04/17 10:47]

Women who drink a lot of diet soda are more likely *develop heart disease, according to a new study presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Ankur Vyas, a *cardiovascular disease expert at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics led a study on women’s health for a decade. His team researched nearly 60,000 middle-aged women in the U.S. to find out the effect of diet drinks on women’s health.
Participants were asked to *fill out a *questionnaire on food and drinks, including *detailed questions on diet sodas and diet fruit drinks.
Researchers found that 8.5 percent of the women who drank two or more diet drinks a day had some sort of heart disease, compared to 6.8 percent of those who drank four or fewer drinks a week and 7.2 percent in those who drank none or just a couple a month.
Furthermore, women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a *heart attack or other cardiovascular “event,” and 50 percent more likely to die than women who rarely touched such drinks.
“Our study suggests an association between higher diet drink consumption and mortality,” Vyas said. Yet we only found an association, so we can’t say that drinks themselves are killers, he added.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, and the women who drank the most drinks were also more likely to smoke, to be *overweight, to have *diabetes and to have *high blood pressure
Research has long shown that artificially sweetened drinks cannot be considered health drinks, and that they do not help people lose weight.
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