Drinking two or more diet drinks a day increases heart risks for women, study finds.
A recent study found that drinking two or more diet drinks a day may increase risk of stroke, heart disease and death. The results of the study, based on nearly 82,000 middle-aged and older women in the United States, were recently published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke and fuel concerns about artificially sweetened beverages and their impact on public health.
The “Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study,” tracked the health of 81,714 postmenopausal US women, enrolled between 1993 and 1998. They completed ongoing medical exams and surveys about their diet, health and lifestyle throughout the study period and were followed for an average of 12 years. Researchers tracked key outcomes such as stroke, heart disease and death.
The goal of the study was to explore a link between diet drink consumption and heart-health outcomes. Many studies have linked sugar-sweetened beverages to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, though the findings on negative health effects resulting from artificially sweetened beverages are less clear.
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