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SOURCE: Vascular Health Sciences
New research finds link between diet sodas and risk of stroke. Vascular Health Sciences Chief Science Officer Nathalie Chevreau weighs in.
Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
A new study published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine reveals a connection between the consumption of diet sodas and increased risk for vascular events such as heart attack and stroke. Vascular Health Sciences Chief Science Officer Nathalie Chevreau, PhD, R.D. believes that vascular problems are just the tip of the iceberg for diet sodas, and that further research will reveal a host of negative effects from artificially sweetened drinks.
“Although the research on diet sodas is fairly new and subject to a lot of criticism,” said Chevreau, “I think this is just the beginning of a trend toward realizing how bad diet sodas really are for our health. We’ve found links between diet sodas, heart attack, weight gain, and diabetes, just to name a few. There is just too much data now suggesting these sodas are causing serious problems.”
The study, performed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, showed an increase of vascular issues in as many as 44% of the study participants who drank diet sodas on a daily basis. While some of the vascular disease increases may be attributed to correlating causes such as lifestyle and unrelated disease problems, the data suggests that diet sodas do have a role to play in the increase of health issues in the population. Similar studies performed by the University of Texas have supported the correlation between artificially sweetened sodas and heart disease.
Chevreau pointed out that it isn’t only vascular heath that may be compromised by drinking diet sodas. Other recent studies have shown further negative effects of diet sodas. A study released in January by the National Institute of Health revealed a possible correlation between diet soda consumption and depression in seniors. The seniors who regularly drank artificially sweetened beverages had as much as a 31% higher risk of depression than seniors who didn’t. Increased weight gain and incidence of diabetes have likewise been linked to diet sodas. These studies all point to the potential hazards of artificially sweetened drinks.
“If you want to decrease your chances of vascular disease, “ said Chevreau, “replace as many sodas, diet or otherwise, with water, coffee or unsweetened tea.”
About Vascular Health Sciences
Founded in 2010, Vascular Health Sciences explores technologies, develops products and disseminates information to increase awareness and promote the proper care of the endothelial glycocalyx. Vascular Health Sciences is committed to increasing awareness of the glycocalyx and its role in vascular health, and to providing products supporting the care of this essential system. For more information, visit VascularHealthSciences.com.
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