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The findings of a study suggest a connection between consuming artificially sweetened beverages and an increased likelihood of developing an irregular heart rhythm.
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The findings of a study suggest a connection between consuming artificially sweetened beverages and an increased likelihood of developing an irregular heart rhythm.

According to a recent study conducted by Chinese researchers, drinking two liters of diet soda or other artificially sweetened beverages per day can lead to a 20% higher chance of developing a potentially life-threatening irregular heartbeat, compared to those who do not consume these drinks.

A research from Shanghai revealed that individuals who consume these drinks are at a higher risk for a health issue called atrial fibrillation.

According to Theodore Maglione, a cardiologist and assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson University hospital in New Jersey, atrial fibrillation is a disorderly contraction of the upper chambers of the heart, as opposed to their usual organized rhythm.

According to Maglione, indicators of atrial fibrillation, also known as “A-fib”, consist of exhaustion, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations.

According to Maglione, A-fib may be hereditary, but there are also controllable factors that increase the likelihood.

The speaker highlighted several factors that are out of our control, such as genetics and age, which are considered key risk factors. However, there are also certain things we have control over, such as smoking, hypertension, sleep apnea, obesity, and nutrition.

According to Maglione, ensuring optimal blood pressure is crucial for managing A-fib, as well as maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy heart.

According to him, implementing dietary and physical activity habits has proven to reduce the likelihood of atrial fibrillation recurring even after undergoing specific medical procedures.

The debate is ongoing about whether artificially-sweetened low or zero-calorie sodas are actually healthier than regular sodas with calories.

According to Maglione, to manage A-fib with nutrition, it is important to refrain from consuming foods with high amounts of cholesterol and fat, as well as incorporating consistent physical activity.

He remarked that even a small decrease in weight has been linked to significantly reduced chances of atrial fibrillation recurring after treatment.

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) can also result in the formation of blood clots and potentially cause strokes and other complications related to the heart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US has stated that stroke is a major contributor to chronic and severe disability. In the United States, atrial fibrillation is the primary cause of stroke.

Individuals over the age of 65 face an increased chance of developing heart issues like A-fib and stroke. Therefore, it is crucial for this demographic to maintain a healthy lifestyle and refrain from consuming artificially sweetened beverages.

According to Maglione, there is also some indication that atrial fibrillation may be connected to the development of dementia in later years.

The research also examined the consumption of beverages with added sugar and pure, unsweetened juices, such as orange juice. According to the findings, consuming added-sugar beverages increased the likelihood of developing A-fib by 10%, while having about four ounces of pure unsweetened juice reduced the risk of the condition by 8%.

According to Professor Penny Kris-Etherton from Penn State University, this is the pioneering research to reveal a link between the consumption of zero or low-calorie sweeteners and sugar-sweetened drinks and a heightened risk of atrial fibrillation.

Whether you are a soda lover or not, Maglione emphasized the significance of staying informed about heart-related health issues.

“If you experience any signs of an abnormal heartbeat or heart flutters, it is important to seek medical attention,” he advised. “Early intervention can increase the chances of successful treatment and prevent complications such as strokes.”

Source: theguardian.com