Skip to comments.Diet Drinks Linked to Heart Problems in Older Women
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.
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.
“.....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.
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.
I think you’ve accurately pointed out the reasons why this is more likely correlation versus causation.
And you beat me to it.
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