It is no big secret that soda is not good for you. Drinking it once in awhile, of course, is probably harmless but the beverage is typically made with all kinds of additives and sugars that makes it not a wise choice as a daily thirst quencher. Of course, you can opt for diet sodas to cut out the sugar, and that is better for you, right?
Apparently, not only is diet soda not a better option than regular soda, it might, in fact, be very bad for you of its own accord. A new study warns that drinking diet soda could actually pose several health risks, particularly for women over the age of 50.
According to researchers, drinking two more of any type of artificially-sweetened drinks per day has been linked to an increased risk for clot-based strokes and heart attacks and early death among women over 50. Unfortunately, the study also showed that these risks were highest among women who do not even have any history of heart disease or diabetes. Interestingly, though, those most at risk also include women who are obese or African-American.
The study looked at data from 80,000 postmenopausal women in the United States
taken during the international, long-term Women’s Health Initiative study. In this study, researchers asked each women how often they consumed one 12-fluid-oz serving of any type of diet beverage across a three month period. The health outcomes of those who participated, then, were tracked after this for an average of nearly 12 years.
After controlling for lifestyle factors, the study found that those women who had consumed at least two artificially sweetened beverages, every day, had a 31 percent higher risk to develop clot-based stroke and 29 percent more likely to develop heart disease. They were also 16 percent more likely to die from cancer.
Now, existing research has already provided proof of the link between diet drinks and various health conditions—including metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes, stroke, and dementia—and these conditions can ultimately result in heart disease and/or diabetes. This study, then, provides yet more confirmation that there is definitely a relationship between artificially sweetened beverages and various vascular risks. However, while they can definitely observe an association, research has not yet been able to find a definitive causative link. Still, this new data adds more support for the link and should encourage yet more investigation.