In a study published Feb. 14, 2019, in Stroke, a publication released from the American Heart Association, showed that drinking diet soda may increase the risk of strokes or heart attacks.
The study followed long term, 82,000 women. 5.1 percent of those in the study reported consuming a minimum of one diet soda per day. This group was shown to have a significantly higher risk of having coronary heart disease or a stroke.
Women who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a stroke risk of 23 percent or higher, and a 31 percent greater risk of having a stroke which involved clotting in the brain regarding smaller blood vessels. The women were also 29 percent more likely to be inflicted with heart disease, and 16 percent to die from other causes than the other women participating in the study.
The study also discovered that women considered obese had a greater stroke risk, even if they did not have a family history of heart disease.
There have been multiple studies that showed diet soda could be affiliated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
These studies were met with criticism. The Harvard Health Letter said the studies involving diet soda could prove an association with stroke or heart issues. It could not demonstrate cause and effect.
They also noted that researchers had not given an acceptable explanation of why artificial sweeteners might increase the risk of heart issues or stroke.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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