ASPARTAME IS LINKED TO LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA IN NEW LANDMARK STUDY ON HUMANS

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As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia  in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men,  according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a  carcinogen in humans. Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term  study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past  studies which appeared to show no risk. And disturbingly, it may also open the  door for further similar findings on other cancers in future studies.

THE MOST THOROUGH STUDY YET ON ASPARTAME – OVER TWO MILLION  PERSON-YEARS

For this study, researchers prospectively analyzed data from  the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a  22-year period. A total of 77,218 women and 47,810 men were included in the  analysis, for a total of 2,278,396 person-years of data. Apart from sheer size,  what makes this study superior to other past studies is the thoroughness with  which aspartame intake was assessed. Every two years, participants were given a  detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four  years. Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed  participants’ aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major  weakness affecting their accuracy.

ONE DIET SODA A DAY INCREASES LEUKEMIA, MULTIPLE MYELOMA AND NON-HODGKIN  LYMPHOMAS

The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl  oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:
– 42 percent higher  leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis) – 102 percent higher  multiple myeloma risk (in men only) – 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men  only)

These results were based on multi-variable relative risk models,  all in comparison to participants who drank no diet soda. It is unknown why only  men drinking higher amounts of diet soda showed increased risk for multiple  myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Note that diet soda is the largest dietary  source of aspartame(by  far) in the U.S. Every year, Americans consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in  total, of which about 86 percent (4,500 tons) is found in diet sodas.

CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH ON ANIMALS

This new study  shows the importance of the quality of research. Most of the past studies  showing no link between aspartame and cancer have been criticized for being too  short in duration and too inaccurate in assessing long-term aspartame intake.  This new study solves both  of those issues. The fact that it also shows a positive link to cancer should  come as no surprise, because a previous best-in-class research study done on  animals (900 rats over their entire natural lifetimes) showed strikingly similar  results back in 2006: aspartame significantly increased the risk for lymphomas  and leukemiain both  males and females. More worrying is the follow on mega-study, which started  aspartame exposure of the rats at the fetal stage. Increased lymphoma and  leukemia risks were confirmed, and this time the female rats also showed  significantly increased breast (mammary) cancer rates. This raises a critical  question: will future, high-quality studies uncover links to the other cancers  in which aspartame has been implicated (brain, breast, prostate,  etc.)?
There is now more reason than ever to completely avoid aspartame  in our daily diet. For those who are tempted to go back to sugary sodas as a  “healthy” alternative, this study had a surprise finding: men consuming one or  more sugar-sweetened sodas daily saw a 66 percent increase in non-Hodgkin  lymphoma (even worse than for diet soda). Perhaps the healthiest soda is no soda  at all.

http://www.naturalnews.com/037772_aspartame_leukemia_lymphoma.html#ixzz2AuKbqCow

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