“These findings show that we shouldn’t assume [diet drinks] are harmless when you consume them at high levels”, said Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, associate professor of clinical epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who also led the study.
The cohort of women included in this study is from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term, national research effort focused on strategies for preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women.
Study participants initially filled out questionnaires on demographics, medical and family history and lifestyle factors, and had physical examinations.
Researchers followed up with women every year with a survey asking about adverse health events in the previous 12 months and with a medical record review. Study doctors reviewed potential cardiovascular disease events.