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The Woes of Diet Soda

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Your Favorite Drink Isn’t As Healthy As You Think

A large study has shown that drinking diet soda and low calorie fruit drinks may be a cause of heart problems in women. The study asked 60,000 postmenopausal women how many diet sodas or low calorie fruit drinks they regularly consume. The average age of the sample was 63. They broke them into groups based on their consumption. The heaviest drinkers had two or more diet drinks a day while the lowest group had 0 to 3 a month. They then waited 9 years and came back to ask that same sample how many people had suffered heart problems.

Stark Increase in Heart Problems

The study showed that heavy consumers of artificially sweetened drinks suffered 30% more heart related problems than women who rarely or never drink them. 9% of women who frequently drink artificially sweetened drinks suffer heart problems. The gap between women who frequently drink artificially sweetened drinks and those who never drink them is only 2%.

Avoid Diet Drinks

This study has shown that drinking two or more diet drinks a day could be a causation of heart-disease. Or course causation has not been proved. But it would be wise to avoid over consumption of diet drinks. At Coherex we are also developing an LAA occluder to minimize risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation patients.


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