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Drinking Artificially Sweetened Beverages Linked to Increased Risk of Atrial Fibrillation: Study

Consuming drinks with artificial sweeteners can increase the risk atrial fibrillationa heart condition that causes irregular heartbeats, according to a study.

Collect Between on Thursday (7/3/2024), fibrillation atrium (AFib) This can cause blood clots in the heart and increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.

According to Centers for Disease Control and PreventionIt is estimated that 12.1 million people in the United States will suffer from AFib by 2030.

Meanwhile, previous studies have found an association between the risk of cardiometabolic disease and sweet drinks. In the latest study, researchers investigated the association between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, artificially sweetened beverages, and pure fruit juices and the risk of atrial fibrillation.

Meanwhile, according to findings published in the journal American Heart Association, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Drinking two liters or more of artificially sweetened drinks a week increases the risk of this heart condition by 20 percent.

However, the researchers couldn’t confirm whether the sugary drinks caused atrial fibrillation, but the link remained even after accounting for genetic susceptibility to the condition.

The study is based on dietary questionnaires and genetic data from more than 200,000 adults in the UK Biobank. Participants did not have AFib at the time they enrolled in the study. Over a nearly 10-year monitoring period, 9,362 participants developed the condition.

“Our study shows that consumption of more than two liters (about 67 ounces) per week of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a 10 percent risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared with non-users, independently of traditional risk factors. “That figure increased to 20 percent for people who consumed more than two liters per week of artificially sweetened drinks, surpassing the risk associated with consuming the same amount of drinks sweetened with sugar,” said Ningjian Wang, lead author of the study.

Apart from that, the researchers also made other interesting findings, including:

1. Drinking a liter or less of pure fruit juice per week is associated with an eight percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

2. People who drank both drinks sweetened with sugar and pure juice had higher total sugar intake.

3. Individuals who consumed higher amounts of artificially sweetened beverages were generally women, younger, and had a higher BMI and a higher prevalence of type two diabetes. On the other hand, those who chose sweet drinks with more sugar were men, younger, with a higher BMI, a history of heart disease, and a lower socioeconomic status.

4. Smoking exacerbates the risk of atrial fibrillation, as smokers with more than two liters per week of sugar-sweetened drinks face a 31 percent higher risk of developing AFib.

“Our study findings cannot definitively conclude that one drink is riskier to health than another, because of the complexity of our diet and because some people may drink more than one type of drink.

However, based on these findings, we recommend that people reduce or even avoid artificially sweetened drinks and drinks sweetened with sugar. “Don’t take for granted that drinking low-sugar, low-calorie artificially sweetened drinks is healthy, as they may pose potential health risks,” said Wang. (ant/sya/ipg)

2024-03-07 05:13:06
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