Artificial sweeteners cause heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure

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In light of a recent study finding that nearly 200,000 people per year are killed by sugar-sweetened beverages, some people might be tempted to switch to diet soft drinks instead. The information from this study was presented at the 63rd Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology in 2014, where they discussed how diet soft drinks can cause many of the same health problems as sugar-sweetened drinks.

Specifically, the Tufts University study led by Gitanjali Singh, Ph.D., found that diet soft drinks increased healthy postmenopausal women’s risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Two drinks per day = 50 percent more likely to die

The research was conducted on 59,614 women participating in the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative study, constituting one of the largest ever study of its kind. Based on self-reports of diet drink consumption, the researchers divided the women into four groups: Those who drank two or more diet drinks per day; those who drank five to seven per week; those who drank one to four per week; and those who drank zero to three per month. A drink was defined as a 12-ounce artificially sweetened beverage, including fruit drinks.

After an average follow-up of 8.7 years, women who drank two or more diet drinks per day were more likely to have suffered from heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack or stroke than women in the other three groups. They were 30 percent more likely to have had a heart attack or stroke than women who had less than one diet drink per week, and 50 percent more likely to have died from a heart-related disease.

Read more at www.naturalnews.com

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