Research

Excessive consumption of diet soda linked with increased risk of stroke

We are all fond of diet sodas. Particularly because we believe they are a good alternative to the regular ones. People who plan on losing weight will try reducing the among of normal sodas replacing them with diet refreshments.

There were a number of research studies published to highlight the concerns with diet sodas. A lot of them highlight the high amount of aspartame that may be present that can cause complications like blindness. The list does not end here.

According to recent findings, diet sodas can increase the risk of stroke in women. Although the case holds true for artificial sweetener, the study emphasized more on the alternatives to regular sodas.

It is about time, we take this concern into consideration and make necessary changes in our diet. Suffice to say it is always better to keep everything natural to be safe from any complications.

Diet Soda & Risk of stroke

The study took into account the results of about 82,000 post-menopausal women. Simply put the research wanted to investigate the effects on older women.

For the purpose of the study, the participants were asked to drink 2-3 glasses of diet soda every day. This continued for about 2 months before final results were compiled and documented. At the termination of the research, scientists found that following such a diet can enhance the risk of stroke by 23 per cent. The numbers are startling and demand an immediate cause of concern.

The problem did not just end there. Among the participants, almost 30 per cent of the women were at borderline risk of Ischemic Stroke. The condition results when arteries leading to the brain become clogged or blocked. As a result, the blood supply to the respective region is severely hindered.

Scientists strongly feel that diet soda has a big role to play in that regard.

Critics argued that there were other factors in play that might have caused an increased risk of stroke. However, in response to that, researchers argued that those who had a non-diet soda diet continued to perform normally in their daily lives.

It would be not right to exclude the effects caused by excessive consumption of diet soda. Concerns were always there and only time would have substantiated the previous findings.

The Takeaway Message

The results of the study should be an eye-opener for the population. More importantly, older women should seriously consider amending their choices before it gets too late.

Diet Sodas are advertised as being very healthy for the body.  We are told from the very start that 0 calories products do not yield any harmful effects on the body. That may seem like an attractive proposition to buy yet there are far other things to note.

The takeaway message is that we should be well aware of our choices. It is important to not fall in any sort of trap that leads to excessive consumption of diet sodas. There are major health concerns with aspartame and a number of other chemicals present within these drinks.

It is high time that medical authorities take some action to stop the sale of artificial sweetener drinks.

Reference:
https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/95/5/1190/4576855

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic. Twitter- @SamuelM54534849

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