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Reported April 1, 2014

Diet Drinks May Cause Heart Disease in Older Women?

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – 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, according to researchers at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The researchers analyzed diet drink intake and cardiovascular risk factors from more than 59,000 women, making this the largest study of its kind. The results showed women who drank two or more diet drinks were 30 percent more likely to suffer cardiovascular disease and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

Lead study investigator Ankur Vyas, MD, said the association between diet drinks and cardiovascular problems raises more questions than it answers and should stimulate further research. “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,” Vyas was quoted as saying. “This could have major public health implications.”

For more information, go to:  

http://www.cardiosource.org/en/News-Media/Media-Center/News-Releases/2014/03/Vyas-Diet-Drinks.aspx

SOURCE: American College of Cardiology, March 2014

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