People, Diet Drinks Increase The Chance Of Heart-Related Risks/Diseases By 20% Warns New Study

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by Mallika Khurana
People, Diet Drinks Increase The Chance Of Heart-Related Risks/Diseases By 20% Warns New Study

The allure of diet sodas and artificially sweetened drinks often lies in their promise of fewer calories without sacrificing sweetness. However, recent research from Shanghai has thrown a concerning curveball into this narrative. According to a study, downing two litres of these artificially sweetened concoctions daily can up the ante on your health risks, particularly when it comes to your heart.

Are Diet Drinks Putting Your Heart At Risk?

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Imagine this: you’re sipping on your favourite diet soda, enjoying its crisp taste, unaware of the potential chaos it might be causing in your body. This study found that guzzling down these artificially sweetened drinks could hike up your chances of developing a dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation by a whopping 20%, compared to those who steer clear of such beverages.

Now, why is this irregular heartbeat such a big deal? According to The Guardian, Theodore Maglione, an assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Jersey, painted a vivid picture. Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib for short, turns the once rhythmic dance of your heart’s chambers into a chaotic quiver. 

But fear not, for not all hope is lost. Maglione also clarifies the variables that are under your control and can tip the scales in your favour. Obesity, sleep apnea, smoking, high blood pressure, and yes, nutrition all play major roles. Being vigilant about monitoring your blood pressure and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle can greatly lower your risk of developing A-fib.

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Atrial Fibrillation Risk Tied To Daily Consumption

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However, A-fib is more than just a bothersome side effect. It can also be a sign of more dangerous conditions, like strokes and blood clots. According to The Guardian reports, it is important to remember that strokes can result in long-term disabilities, as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention make clear. But consider the other findings of the study before you swear off all drinks. Unsweetened juices seem to be a ray of hope, as they reduce the risk of A-fib by 8%. 

In the end, whether you’re a soda aficionado or a health-conscious consumer, Maglione’s advice rings loud and clear: Listen to your body. If irregular heartbeats or palpitations come knocking, don’t brush them off. Seek medical care promptly. 

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