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artificially sweetened drinks are linked to higher stroke risk

More bad news for soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increase in clot-based strokes, heart attacks, and early, researchers studied data from more than 81,000 post-menopausal women enrolled in the large population-based Women’s Health Initiative. Three years into the study, the women answered questions about how many diet drinks — including low-calorie sodas and fruit beverages with artificial sweeteners — they consumed in the past three months. After an average follow-up of nearly 12 years, the scientists found that women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day had a 23 percent higher risk of having any type of stroke, and a 31 percent increased risk of having a stroke due to clotting in brain blood vessels, compared to women who reporting drinking fewer than one beverage a week (or none at all).

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