DIET DRINKS LINKED TO 23% INCREASE IN STROKE RISK IN WOMEN
Swapping regular sodas for diet drinks might seem like a smart way to cut calories. But new research suggests that women who drink a lot of artificially sweetened beverages increase their risk of having a stroke by 23 per cent.
What’s a lot? At least two diet beverages a day for this study. Those women are 31 per cent more likely to have the most common type of stroke — an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot.
The study did not identify the specific artificial sweeteners that the drinks contained. The researchers found that high consumption of the diet beverages also came with an increase in other health risks, including a 29 per cent greater chance of developing heart disease and a 16 percent increased likelihood of premature death.
In addition, for black women and obese women, the chance of having an is chemic stroke more than doubled if they were high-level consumers of diet drinks.