WHO warning: Two diet drinks a day could increase risk of early death

  • A WHO study reveals that daily consumption of two diet drinks ups early mortality rates by more than a quarter.
  • In addition, the chances of dying young are even noted among those who regularly drink artificially-sweetened beverages.
  • The study, which involved following more than 450,000 adult participants from 10 countries over 16 years, is so far the biggest research done on consuming soft drinks in relation to death risks.

The World Health Organization has warned that drinking two diet drinks in a day could boost risks of early death by over a quarter.

While a global study led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of WHO) on daily consumption of all kinds of soft drinks indicated higher probabilities of dying young, figures are even substantially higher for those who drink artificially-sweetened beverages. WHO researchers said consumers are better off consuming water.

The study, where over 450,000 adults in 10 countries including the UK were followed over a 16-year span, is said to the biggest study ever to be conducted in determining the connection between soft drink consumption and mortality.

Among those consuming at least two diet drinks per day were observed by the study to show a 26 percent higher death rate than those who consumed less than one month. The same group also saw their risks in cardiovascular disease increase by 52 percent.

As for the regular drinkers of sugary drinks, an increased mortality rate of 8 percent resulted from drinking two a day and lower with those having less than one month.

The findings, which were published in JAMA Internal Medicine, demonstrates that government policies such as sugar tax on fizzy drinks and revising common sweet foods, intended to cut down sugar consumption, may prove detrimental.

People who are drinking diet drinks may either be obese or diabetic. Or it may be due to biological mechanisms that include an impact on insulin signaling in the liver, says incoming American Heart Association president, Professor Mitchell Elkind.

The study was observational – meaning it did not prove that the drinking habits were what mainly caused higher death risks. Some evidence suggested that artificial sweeteners could influence glucose intolerance and escalate insulin levels.

Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

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