Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine led a study that found a link between the consumption of diet drinks and higher stroke risk. They found women over the age of 50 who drink two or more artificially-sweetened beverages a day are 23 percent more likely to have a stroke than women who drink less than one artificially sweetened beverage per week. The association was found to be stronger in obese and African-American women. In particular, frequent consumers of diet drinks who are obese and have no history of heart disease and diabetes are twice as likely to have a stroke from a clot. The risk was found to be four times higher for African-American women who are high consumers of diet drinks with no history of heart disease or diabetes.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a member of NYSERNet’s R&E network. Read more about the study here: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/news/releases/1324/diet-drink-consumption-linked-to-higher-stroke-coronary-heart-disease-and-death-risk-in-post-menopausal-women/