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Diet Drinks Linked to Heart Problems in Older Women
UPI ^ | March 31, 2014 | Alex Cukan

Posted on 04/01/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems.

A study involving almost 60,000 healthy postmenopausal women correlated diet drinks with increased risk of heart attack, stroke or a cardiovascular event.

"Our findings are in line with and extend data from previous studies showing an association between diet drinks and metabolic syndrome," lead investigator Dr. Ankur Vyas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said in a statement. "We were interested in this research because there was a relative lack of data about diet drinks and cardiovascular outcomes and mortality."

Consumption data were obtained via a questionnaire that asked the women to report their diet drink consumption habits over the previous three months. A drink was defined as the equivalent of a 12-ounce beverage and included both diet sodas and diet fruit drinks.

After an average follow-up of 8.7 years, women who drank two or more diet drinks per day were 30 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease compared to women who never or only rarely consumed diet drinks.

Heart disease included congestive heart failure, heart attack, coronary revascularization procedure, ischemic stroke, peripheral arterial disease and cardiovascular death.

"We only found an association, so we can't say that diet drinks cause these problems," Vyas said. "It's too soon to tell people to change their behavior based on this study; however, based on these and other findings we have a responsibility to do more research to see what is going on and further define the relationship, if one truly exists."

The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd annual scientific session in Washington.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: health; soda; women

1 posted on 04/01/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Thank goodness I don't drink soda anymore.

It's not on the Weight Watcher's list to consume! :o(

2 posted on 04/01/2014 4:00:19 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: nickcarraway

Alternate hypothesis

Most people that Drink diet drinks are
A. Wishing to Loose weight
B. Diabetic

Both A & B are know contributors to cardiovascular events.

So now we have a Cause vs Effect issue that the snippet (and probably the entire study) does not address.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 4:02:16 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: nickcarraway

The only think I like about soda is the fizz. They’re all too sweet. So I just drink club soda.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 4:02:52 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: nickcarraway

Not much info in the article.

They can’t even say what sweetener they are referring to!


5 posted on 04/01/2014 4:03:19 PM PDT by katnip (Why Do Democrats Hate Babies?)
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To: nickcarraway
Another day, another junk science "study."
6 posted on 04/01/2014 4:10:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; a man who respects it has earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: nickcarraway
I stopped drinking diet coke over a year ago because I'd rather drink iced tea (no sugar) plus I could save money not buying coke and they were heavy to bring in the house. It's usually hot in Texas so most everyone has a cold drink handy. Iced tea quenches my thirst better than iced water. Now, they will likely do a test using iced tea and say don't drink that.

We would be at our healthy best if we stopped eating food and drinking anything - that would probably get high marks for healthy living. More money would have to be spent on tombstones, however.

7 posted on 04/01/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

What kind of tea do you use? It’s better if you brew your own.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 4:22:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m coming, Elizabeth!

...or, just another phony study to be disabused 20 years from now.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 4:37:41 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: cloudmountain

Yes, it is. They allow diet soda now.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 4:38:10 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway
I have a tea brewing machine and use family size bags for that and have used Lipton and Kroger and Great Value tea bags.

For hot tea, I use loose Silver Needle white tea and it's expensive. Don't use the brewing machine for that as I have fast water heating pitcher. Use a two cup teapot for brewing. I have tea pots and cups from all over the world. My house is a cultural museum of all kinds of china, porcelain, glass from around the world. On my way home from countries my carry on bag was always full of that.

11 posted on 04/01/2014 4:39:40 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Yes, it is. They allow diet soda now.

You are CORRECT and I was wrong.
Diet soda has a horrible after taste. I never like it when it first came out. I suppose folks get used to it.
Diet soda is categorized as a "pantry staple." As far as I'm concerned it is a set-up to failure. WW is supposed to get you to eat healthily. How can a diet soda be considered "healthy"?

I just got my 5% star yesterday.

12 posted on 04/01/2014 4:46:00 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Marcella
I stopped drinking diet coke over a year ago because I'd rather drink iced tea (no sugar) plus I could save money not buying coke and they were heavy to bring in the house. It's usually hot in Texas so most everyone has a cold drink handy. Iced tea quenches my thirst better than iced water. Now, they will likely do a test using iced tea and say don't drink that.

We would be at our healthy best if we stopped eating food and drinking anything - that would probably get high marks for healthy living. More money would have to be spent on tombstones, however.

My husband had a barber whose idea of a diet was: If it tastes good, spit it out. :o)

I drink ice water.

13 posted on 04/01/2014 4:48:43 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Weight Watchers just wants you to lose weight. The best way to do it is by eating healthy food generally, drinking loads of water and avoiding the usual “empty calories,” etc. It works if you can eat a lifetime of yogurt and out-of-season fruit and are always close to a bathroom.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 4:52:53 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Bidimus1
Alternate hypothesis
Most people that Drink diet drinks are
A. Wishing to Loose weight
B. Diabetic
Both A & B are know contributors to cardiovascular events.
So now we have a Cause vs Effect issue that the snippet (and probably the entire study) does not address.

Eating less; eating better.

Moving more--no, just moving will help with the battle of the bulges. Weight watchers is FULL of older women who haven't moved for years. They still don't want to move.
One woman said that it was "possible" to lose weight with the WW food choices without exercising but that it was almost impossible. It was much, much, much easier to eat right/less and move SOME.

15 posted on 04/01/2014 4:55:34 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: nickcarraway

older husbands linked to heart problems in older women.


16 posted on 04/01/2014 4:59:14 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: nickcarraway

Pffft. I’m not fat and I drink a lot of water, but I also like my Diet. Mt. Dew. I don’t see that changing.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 4:59:57 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: nickcarraway

The diet soda isn’t going to counter all the deep fried Twinkies you’ve been eating.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 5:11:17 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Weight Watchers just wants you to lose weight. The best way to do it is by eating healthy food generally, drinking loads of water and avoiding the usual “empty calories,” etc. It works if you can eat a lifetime of yogurt and out-of-season fruit and are always close to a bathroom.

Don't forget the exercise. Even if one just MOVES a bit it's extremely healthy. Exercise has been the topic of the week. It's half of the weight loss formula.

Eating right, eating less and exercising worked for me.
I got my 5% star yesterday.

Yes, Weight Watchers DOES want you to lose weight. They also want you to keep the weight off, forever.
Nothing wrong with that.

19 posted on 04/01/2014 5:14:02 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: BinaryBoy
The diet soda isn’t going to counter all the deep fried Twinkies you’ve been eating.

Bwahahaha. You've been peeking!

20 posted on 04/01/2014 5:15:03 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: nickcarraway

I used to know a guy who said he liked the way it made his head warm ... a very bad sign if you ask me. Said man has had several strokes over the last few years.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 5:38:19 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: nickcarraway

“.....lead investigator Dr. Ankur Vyas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.....”

“We only found an association, so we can’t say that diet drinks cause these problems,” Vyas said. “It’s too soon to tell people to change their behavior based on this study; however, based on these and other findings we have a responsibility to do more research to see what is going on and further define the relationship, if one truly exists.”

Academic Panhandlers holding up a bushel basket for the Fed to fill.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 7:28:28 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: cloudmountain

Weight Watchers has never been that big on exercise. They’ve been criticized for that. It’s a good organization; one of the best weight-lose programs in America.


23 posted on 04/02/2014 2:23:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Weight Watchers has never been that big on exercise. They’ve been criticized for that. It’s a good organization; one of the best weight-lose programs in America.

Good morning miss marmelstein:
The leader at my meeting is big on exercise. It was the topic this week and he dedicated the entire meeting to it. That also means that the rest of WW all over the place did too.
There was even an attempt to organize in some way--a "meet and walk."
Success WAS mixed. :o)
A couple of WW folks mentioned it too. ONE was a young man and the other was the usual customer, a 60-something white woman...just like me.

However, there wouldn't BE so many overweight women like me if we did walk a little more. Getting my big fat butt OFF the couch has to be as much of a habit as sinking down ONTO the couch is. Duh.
However, I'm slowly getting over my funk (deaths in family) and daily walks are creeping back into my life.

24 posted on 04/02/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Bidimus1

I think you’ve accurately pointed out the reasons why this is more likely correlation versus causation.

And you beat me to it.


25 posted on 04/02/2014 2:09:46 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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