Diet Drinks, Heart Disease, and Death


A recent research study found that women who drink the most diet sodas may be more likely to develop heart disease and to even possibly die. The researchers in the study found that women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were at a 30% increase to have a heart attack or an other cardiovascular “episode/event”. They also found that 50% were more likely to die than women who rarely touch diet drinks.

The researchers specifically states that the increase in the consumption isn’t is what causing the death but that their research suggest that there is an association between higher diet drink consumption and mortality.

This study was conducted with 60,000 middle-age women over the span of 10 years.  After just under 9 years the researchers checked the women’s health and found that 8.5% of the women who drank two or more diet drinks a day had some sort of heart disease compared to 6.8% of those who drank four or less a week, and 7.2% of those who drank none or just a couple of diet soda a month.

The women who drank the most sodas were also more likely to have other unhealthy lifestyle like smoking, being overweight, having diabetes, and having high blood pressure.  The researchers specifically state that this isn’t saying that diet soda is the cause of all these problems but there certainly is an association with the number of diet drinks consumed and the onset of diabetes,heart disease, or high blood pressure.

This research gives us one more reason to stay away from any type of sugary drinks and just to  lead an active and healthy lifestyle. These problems can all be prevented by just getting up and start moving instead of just sitting around and drinking diet drinks.

To read the full article, please go to NBC News

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