Popular “Diet” Ingredient Linked to Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia, Lymphoma Cancer and Multiple Myeloma
As few as one Weight Loss diet soda daily may increase the risk for Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and Lymphoma Cancer 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 infuture 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 Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia only ever assessed participants’ aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major weakness affecting their accuracy.