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Diet Sodas Linked To Cardiovascular Problems In Postmenopausal Women

March 29, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who analyzed data from nearly 60,000 women found a significant relationship between diet drink consumption, heart attacks and mortality in those who had reached menopause. The U.S. study compared cardiovascular outcomes among women who never or rarely drank diet beverages and those who consumed two or more a day. Heavy diet soda drinkers were 30 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack and 50 percent more likely to die from coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, coronary revascularization procedure, ischemic stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. The researchers acknowledged that they had only found an association, not a cause and effect relationship.
Ankur Vyas et al. , "Too many diet drinks may spell heart trouble for older women, study suggests", News release, study presented at the American College of Cardiology's scientific session, March 29, 2014, © Vyas et al.
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