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Video: From A Certain Age, Women Are Better Off Not Getting Carried Away With Diet Sugary Drinks
From a certain age, women are better off not getting carried away with diet sugary drinks
Older women who drink two or more servings of sugary diet drinks a day have an increased risk of stroke by 23%.
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Older women who drink two or more servings of sugary diet drinks a day are at increased risk of stroke, according to a study published in Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association.
Scientists analyzed data from 81,714 postmenopausal women (aged 50-79 years at the start of the study), as part of the Women's Health Initiative. The health of the participants was monitored for an average of 11.9 years. Every three years, women reported how often they had consumed diet (low-calorie, artificially sweetened sodas and fruit) drinks in the previous three months.
The study was self-reported observational. The data collected did not include information on the specific artificial sweeteners found in beverages. The findings were adjusted for various risk factors for stroke - age, high blood pressure and smoking.
Compared to women who consumed dietary artificially sweetened drinks less than once a week or did not drink them at all, women who consumed two or more of these drinks a day:
the likelihood of a stroke is 23% higher;
- a stroke caused by a blood clot - 31% more often;
- fatal or non-fatal heart attack - 29% more often;
- the chances of dying from any cause - 16% more.
Researchers have found higher risks (in women without prior heart disease or diabetes) in certain cases:
2.44 times more common - a common form of stroke caused by blockage of one of the very small arteries in the brain;
- 2.03 times more likely to develop stroke with obesity;
- 3.93 times more likely to have a stroke in African-American women.
“Many genuinely confident people, especially those who are overweight or obese, drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to reduce the number of calories in their diets. 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,”says Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, lead study author and associate - Professor of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.
The American Heart Association recognizes that diet drinks can help replace high-calorie sugary drinks. However, he recommends water as the best choice for a non-nutritive drink.
“Unfortunately, current research simply does not provide sufficient data to differentiate the effects of various low-calorie sweeteners on heart and brain health. This study adds to the evidence that limiting dietary drinks is the smartest step for your health,”said nutritionist Rachel K. Johnson, University of Vermont Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group American Heart Association.