Artificial sweeteners linked to higher diabetes risk in women

“Contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with 'light' beverages compared with ‘regular’ sweetened drinks," the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) said after publication of the research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The evidence comes from a wide-scale, long-term study, INSERM said in a press release.

More than 66,000 French women were quizzed about their dietary habits and their health was then monitored over 14 years. The women were middle-aged or older when they joined the study.