Women reporting at least two 12-oz. diet drinks a day were 29% more likely to have a fatal or nonfatal cardiac event than those in the lowest intake group, reporting no more than three diet drinks a month, Ankur Vyas, MD, of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
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A daily habit of two or more diet drinks was linked to modestly elevated risk of cardiovascular events and death from any cause in women, an observational analysis showed.
But Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, vice-chair of the program committee for the American College of Cardiology meeting here, called the results provocative but not yet convincing enough to drive change.
“We know pretty well that nondiet drinks, or sweetened beverages, are associated with weight gain, diabetes, and coronary heart disease,” Kuvin, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, told reporters at a press telebriefing he chaired.
“I’m not ready just yet to give up my diet soft drinks,” he added. “But if the data continue to be as compelling, I think all of us should take a close look and see why this might be. Is it the caffeine? Is it the sweetener? Is it what goes along with it? Perhaps it heightens…
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