End of Diet Soda? Huge Scientific Study Reveals Link to Heart Attack and Stroke

Now the evidence is irrefutable … the chemical used to sweeten diet soda is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Essentially, diet sodas are killing people.

The study, led by Dr. Ankur Vyas, was one of the most comprehensive of its kind with nearly 60,000 women who participated over nine years.

Known as the Health Initiative of Women observation Study research found that participants who drank two or more cans of diet soda a day were 30% more likely to have a cardiovascular event ( for example, heart attack) and 50% more likely to die of heart-related that someone who drank any disease.

Vyas said:

This is one of the largest studies on this subject, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks for metabolic syndrome.

One of the largest studies of this type recently examined the relationship between diet drinks and cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke, held at the University of Iowa.

The findings were presented at the 63rd Annual American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in Washington, DC

What was surprising found out …

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60,000 women participated in the study and found that women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event, and 50 percent more likely to die a related disease. ( source )

These are huge numbers, even if you are thinking correlation does not mean causation.

By using Bradford Hill criteria to evaluate the relationship between diet drinks and human health, it becomes clear that the danger is at least worth considering.

is a great example of how life-threatening, unhealthy products are marketed by us as a “best alternative” and totally secure.

“This is one of the largest studies on this subject, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks for metabolic syndrome.” – Dr. Ankur Vyas, a fellow in cardiovascular disease in Hospitals and Clinics user interface, and principal investigator of the study. ( source )

Again, as mentioned above, only association was found, therefore, researchers can not say with certainty that diet drinks cause these problems.

is similar to watching a person eats junk food for a year followed, and another person healthy eating altogether for a year.

If the person who ate junk food get sick, while the person who ate fruits and vegetables remains (or becomes) healthy, still can not say with certainty that junk food caused that person gets sick, a modern scientific perspective.

This is exactly why mention the Bradford Hill criteria because when you look at the published research and a lot of other sources, the picture becomes a bit clearer.

For example, we can look at studies linking ingredients in junk food and their potential hazards to human health along with observational studies like this.


Who is most at risk?

For this study, researchers divided the participants in the study 60,000 in four consumer groups: two or more diet drinks a day, five to seven diet drinks per week, one to four diet drinks per week and from zero to three month diet drinks.

After a follow-up of 9 years coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization procedure, ischemic stroke, peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular death occurred at 8, 5% of women who consumed two or more drinks daily diet.

Those who consumed diet drinks five to seven per week were 6.9% and from one to four were at 7.2%. Those who consumed one to four drinks per week were 6.8% in beverages and zero to three per month were 7.2%.

The study also adjusted to take account of demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors (genetics, smoking, intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, and more).


References:

  • https://www.researchgate.net/publication/269637605_Diet_Drink_Consumption_and_the_Risk_of_Cardiovascular_Events_A_Report_from_the_Women%27s_Health_Initiative
  • https://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-finds-diet-drinks-associated-heart-trouble-older-women

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