We have reported on numerous studies over the years that have raised concerns about the potential health dangers of artificial sweetener additives in diet drinks. (See: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Now there is even more reason to stop consuming diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners–especially if you are a woman between 50 and 79 years of age. According to the results of a new study, consuming multiple diet beverages* in one day is associated with elevated stroke risk in post-menopausal women. This study confirms the findings of another recent scientific study that found consuming diet drinks tripled the risk of a deadly stroke.
More specifically, post-menopausal women who regularly drink diet beverages are:
-23 percent more likely to have a stroke if they consume diet drinks than if they don’t
-31 percent more likely to have a stroke caused by a clot
-29 percent more likely to develop heart disease
-16 percent more likely to die from other causes
*Diet drinks include low-calorie, artificially sweetened sodas, teas and fruit drinks.
Journal reference: Mossavar-Rahmani, Y., et al. (2019). Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Stroke, Coronary Heart Disease, and All-Cause Mortality in the Women’s Health Initiative, Stroke Journal. https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.023100