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On Saturday, March 29, NBC News reported the results of a women’s health study led by Dr. Ankur Vyas, a cardiovascular disease expert at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic.  NBC noted that the findings “don’t suggest that the drinks themselves are killers. But women who toss back too many diet sodas may be trying to make up for unhealthy habits.”

The study’s researchers found that

women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular “event,” and 50 percent more likely to die, than women who rarely touch such drinks.

One more piece of evidence that we can run, but we cannot hide.

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  • Dr Pat April 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Diet soda consumption is often associated with obesity, and not just because overweight people consume “diet” beverages to avoid drinks with more calories. People who are overweight often engage in magical thinking about weight loss: ok to have pasta and bread and desert as long as it is accompanied by a diet drink!

    Sensible food choices, small portions, avoidance of junk food and high calorie foods work for weight loss. Obesity causes cardiovascular disease. Oh, and exercise is good for stress.

    And who knows what those sweet tasting chemicals in “diet drinks” will cause?

    Dr Pat

  • Tobysgirl April 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    How about the women who drank two or more diet drinks daily having, possibly, a higher level of stress? Let’s forget all the yak about food, exercise, etc, and talk about STRESS. It is not good for you, despite the idiots who say so, and the stress faced by women is overwhelming. Often working more than one job, caring for children, caring for parents, caring for an often clueless spouse, doing the overwhelming majority of household tasks, why would women be stressed? They should take some of that spare time and join a gym! And not drink diet sodas.