Diet drinks, synthetic sweeteners linked to increased stroke risk in mature women

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.

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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

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*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

Study Abstract