Drinking Two Diet Sodas a Day Linked to Increased Stroke Risk for Women Over 50
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Swapping regular soda for diet may help cut calories but for women over 50, it may also increase their risk of stroke.
Drinking two or more diet sodas, or artificially sweetened beverages of any kind, was found to increase overall stroke risk by 23 per cent for women aged 50 to 79, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Stroke.
The findings come from a 12-year observational study of 82,000 participants from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term project in the U.S. focused on preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women.
“The take-home message is that these findings give us pause,” study author Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani told USNews.com.
“We need to do more research on why we are seeing these associations. What are the scientific mechanisms? Is there something about the artificial sweeteners, for example, that affect the bacteria in the gut and lead to health issues?” added Mossavar-Rahman, an associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Of course this is not the first study to put artificial sweeteners in the crosshairs. Previous research has already linked so-called “diet” drinks to stroke as well as dementia, Type 2 diabetes, and even weight gain.