Diet drinks could raise risk of DYING young and increases the chance of stroke 'by nearly a third'

Mail Online | 2/14/2019 | Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Two cans of sugar-free fizzy drinks per day could increase a woman's risk of a heart attack or stroke by almost a third, according to a study.

The major study of over 80,000 women is one of the first times the risk of specific types of stroke in older women who drink diet drinks has been studied.

Fans - Pop - Cent - Stroke - Cent

Fans of the sweet pop were 31 per cent more likely to have a clot-caused stroke, 29 per cent more likely to develop heart disease and 16 per cent more likely to die from any cause than women who rarely drank them.

The risks were particularly high for certain women, including those who are obese - a knock to the teeth for those who use the diet drinks as a healthier alternative.

Questions - Safety - Sweeteners - Bid

Questions have been raised about the safety of artificial sweeteners, used most often in a bid to slim down.

Health officials have admitted it's a challenge to make recommendations on ingredients which science have yet to find clear understandings of.

Dr - Yasmin - Mossavar-Rahmani - Author - Study

Dr Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, lead author of the study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, said: 'Many well-meaning people, especially those who are overweight or obese, drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to cut calories in their diet.

'Our research and other observational studies have shown that artificially sweetened beverages may not be harmless and high consumption is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.'

Research - Journal - Stroke - Data - Women

The research, published in the journal Stroke, included data from 81,714 post-menopausal women who were aged 50 to 79 at the start of the study between 1993 and 1998.

They were tracked for an average of 12 years.

Evaluation - Women - Months - Drinks - Calorie

At their three-year evaluation, the women reported how often in the previous three months they had consumed diet drinks such as low calorie, artificially sweetened colas, sodas and fruit drinks....
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