Diet Drinks May Take the Fizz Out of Life

Recent research reveals that women who drink two or more DIET sodas a day are at a 30% higher risk of either suffering from a heart attack, or having some sort of cardiovascular "event." And that around 50% of women are more likely to die from its consumption than women who do not drink such sodas – the American Collage of Cardiology.

However, there has been no suggestion that the sodas themselves are "killers," but rather their consumption may take a part in the "make-up" for unhealthy habits – so say the experts.

Dr. Ankur Vyas (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics) who led the study, said "Our study suggests an association between higher diet drink consumption and mortality." And, although this new information may not be new, as it has for some time been understood that the consumption of artificial sweetened drinks are not healthy (anti-weight-loss) – it is news.

Near 60,000 middle-aged women were studied over a period of nearly 10 years for food and drink habits – including diet soda and fruit juice habits (8.5% of women who regularly drank two or more diet sodas a day resolved in suffering from some form of heart disease – compared with 6.8% who drank four or less per week, and 7.2% who drank a couple a month or none).

However, the information stated that only an "association" between diet sodas and heart disease has been found for the moment, and not any "evidence" that such soft drinks are directly responsible for killing anyone (heart disease is the number one killer in the USA [such sodas are only a low-risk to causing heart disease / death – although something that is actually present]).

Other considerations also taken into account were: the women who drank most diet sodas were more likely to be over-weight, be diabetic, suffer from high-blood pressure, and smoke (all factors that provoke heart disease). Given these other considerations, it is probable that although a connection was actually made between diet sodas and heart disease / death – any results were in fact highly distributed.

According to Federal Survey Data, one in every 5-people drink dietary drinks on a daily basis – although it is a figure shown to be on the decrease.

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