Artificially Sweetened Beverages May Increase The Risk Of Stroke, Study Finds.
Diet sodas and other artificially sweetened beverages may increase the risk of stroke in some post-menopausal women, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed information collected from more than 81,700 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term national study that launched in 1993. As part of the initiative, the women answered questions about their intake of diet beverages, including artificially sweetened sodas and fruit drinks.
Participants who consumed two or more diet drinks per day were 31 percent more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot compared to those who consumed less than one diet drink per week or none at all.
Higher intake of artificially sweetened beverages was also associated with an increased risk of heart disease and death from all causes.
The authors say while they found an association between diet drinks and stroke, the study does not prove cause and effect.
A spokesperson for the American Heart Association says it “adds to the evidence that limiting use of diet beverages is the most prudent thing to do for your health,”
The American Heart Association recommends water as the best choice for a no-calorie beverage.