That Diet Coke May Not Be Your Friend

According to the American Heart Association’s recently released results of two long-term studies, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and artificially-sweetened beverages (ASBs) pose long-term health risks, and are both associated with a higher risk of death.

 

Mubashar A. Choudry M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief Medical Officer, Washington Cardiovascular Institute stated this ruling was based on two studies: the Nurse’s Health Study (NHS) running from 1980 to 2014, and the Health Professional’s Follow-up Study (HPFS) running from 1986-2014.

 

And while it may seem evident that the overconsumption of sugar is bad for you, these studies shed light on the specific risks of SSBs and ASBs in terms of overall risk of death, as well as risk of death from cancer or cardiovascular disease (CVD), said Dr. Choudry.

 

SSBs were found to have an association with a higher risk of death overall, a higher risk of CVD death and a higher risk of cancer death. ASBs were found to have an association with higher overall risk of death and a higher risk of CVD death in both studies, but only amongst subjects considered to have the highest ASB consumption. ASBs were not associated with a risk of cancer mortality in either study.

 

Dr. Choudry stated that although the results of both studies seem to indicate that ASBs may be the healthier option (or at least not quite as unhealthy as SSBs), and therefore the safer option for consumption, it would be wise, as with everything that could heighten your risk of death and threaten your cardiovascular health, to consume in moderation, if at all. After all, there’s always water! 

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