Diet drinks may be associated with strokes among post-menopausal women.
Among post-menopausal women, drinking multiple diet drinks daily was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery, especially small arteries, according to research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.
This is one of the first studies to look at the association between drinking artificially sweetened beverages and the risk of specific types of stroke in a large, racially diverse group of post-menopausal women. While this study identifies an association between diet drinks and stroke, it does not prove cause and effect because it was an observational study based on self-reported information about diet drink consumption.
Compared with women who consumed diet drinks less than once a week or not at all, women who consumed two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were: -23% more likely to have a stroke
-31% more likely to have a clot-caused (ischemic) stroke
-29% more likely to develop heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack)
-16% more likely to die from any cause
Researchers found risks were higher for certain women. Heavy intake of diet drinks, defined as two or more times daily, more than doubled stroke risk in: -Women without previous heart disease or diabetes, who were 2.44 times as likely to have a common type of stroke caused by blockage of one of the very small arteries within the brain
-Obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes, who were 2.03 times as likely to have a clot-caused stroke
-African-American women without previous heart disease or diabetes, who were 3.93 times as likely to have a clot-caused stroke.
The American Heart Association suggests water as the best choice for a no-calorie beverage. However, for some adults, diet drinks with low-calorie sweeteners may be helpful as they transition to adopting water as their primary drink. #diet #dietfood #drinks #sweet #healthyfood
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