Artificially-Sweetened Drinks Might Cause Stroke In Women Over 50

It is a common habit to switch for sugar-rich sodas to artificially-sweetened drinks to lose weight. But, according to more and more studies, that’s not such a healthy habit as previously thought. In a most recent study, the researchers revealed that artificially-sweetened drinks might cause stroke in women over 50.

“We examine the association between self-reported consumption of artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) and stroke and its subtypes, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality in a cohort of postmenopausal US women,” the scientists wrote in their study’s report.

“The analytic cohort included 81,714 women from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, a multicenter longitudinal study of the health of 93,676 postmenopausal women of ages 50 to 79 years at baseline who enrolled in 1993 to 1998. This prospective study had a mean follow-up time of 11.9 years. Participants who completed a follow-up visit three years after baseline were included in the study,” the researchers added.

Artificially-Sweetened Drinks Might Cause Stroke In Women Over 50

“The take-home message is that these findings give us pause,” explained Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “We need to do more research on why we are seeing these associations. What are the scientific mechanisms? Is there something about the artificial sweeteners, for example, that affect the bacteria in the gut and lead to health issues?” Mossavar-Rahmani added.

“Of course this is not the first study to put artificial sweeteners in the crosshairs. Previous research has already linked so-called ‘diet’ drinks to stroke as well as dementia, Type 2 diabetes, and even weight gain,” EveryThingZoomer reported.

In short, the recent study carried out by the researchers of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine revealed that artificially-sweetened drinks might cause stroke in women over 50. Nonetheless, artificially-sweetened drinks are the main culprits for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and weight gain, as well.