Could Diet Drinks Raise Your Heart Attack Risk?

Could Diet Drinks Raise Your Heart Attack Risk?

A new study out of the University of Iowa has found that older women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have a greater risk of heart disease than those who consume other beverages.

The results of the study are pretty staggering: postmenopausal women who consume two or more diet drinks per day are 30 percent more likely to have a problems with their heart, and 50 percent more likely to die from a cardiovascular related disease.

The study, which was conducted over the past 10 years, followed almost 60,000 American women. Doctors considered “a drink” to be one 12-ounce beverage, and included either diet soda or diet fruit drinks.

While it’s not yet clear what the connection is between diet drinks and heart health, this study proves that further research is need to identify the exact association. 

As the study’s lead author Dr. Ankur Vyas remarked, “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,” he adds. “This could have major public health implications.”

So, while it’s too early to pour all of your diet soda down the drain, it may be time to rethink exactly how much we’re consuming to help keep our hearts healthy.