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. 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. 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,” said Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Ph. Researchers analyzed data on 81, postmenopausal women age years at the start participating in the Women’s Health Initiative study that tracked health outcomes for an average of 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.
SATURDAY, March 29, HealthDay News — Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems than those who rarely or never consume artificially sweetened beverages, according to a large, new study. The findings come from a study of nearly 60, healthy postmenopausal women in the United States. Participants were asked to estimate how many artificially sweetened drinks they’d had each day for the past three months. Diet soft drinks and low-calorie fruit drinks were counted toward the daily total. Researchers divided the women, whose average age was 63, into four groups based on their overall consumption. The heaviest consumers had two or more diet drinks a day. The next group had five to seven artificially sweetened drinks a week. The third group had one to four drinks a week. The least frequent consumers said they never or only rarely indulged in diet drinks, reporting between zero and three in a month.
Published: March Got it! Fall Back Into Health. People who said they drank at least one artificially sweetened soda a day were about twice as likely to have a stroke over the following decade when compared to those who drank less than one a week. Please leave your comment below. Retrieved November 7, from If you use artificial sweeteners to control your weight, you should know that the support for that strategy is pretty shaky. The risks rose dramatically if those women were obese or African-American. Their heightened stroke risk may result from their health problems rather than their beverage choice. If so, those people might be missing out on the many heart-protecting nutrients found in fresh, natural foods. The heaviest consumers had two or more diet drinks a day.