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Diet Drinks Raise Heart Risks in Women Post Menopause
- Updated: March 29, 2014
It has been found that women who are postmenopausal are more likely to be at risk for heart diseases or even strokes if they have diet drinks. This is according to an ongoing study. Women who consumed at 2-3 diet drinks a day were more likely to die from a disease related to the heart as compared to those who didn’t.
This research was informally conducted on almost sixty thousand women by the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-running U.S. observational, that studies heart related diseases and patterns in women who have crossed menopause. “Our findings are in line with and extend data from previous studies showing an association between diet drinks and metabolic syndrome,” said Dr. Ankur Vyas of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, lead investigator of the study. The syndrome is associated with a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight gain. The results of this study were put forward at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, in Washington.
The average age group of women was around 62 and they were checked to be sure of having no history of cardiovascular diseases. The women were asked to report their diet drink intake and it was found that 8.5% of them were at risk of some sort of heart disease or the other. “We only found an association, so we can’t say that diet drinks cause these problems,” Vyas said, adding that other factors may explain the apparent connection between diet drink consumption and risk of heart attack and stroke.
Women who drank more diet drinks, or more prone to smoking were at a greater risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Vyas stated that there should be more studies conducted to analyze the risks associated to diet sodas and find a connection to cardiovascular diseases.