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February 10, 2011

Drinking Daily Diet Soda Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Topics: Medical Science News

Diet soda.jpg Those diet sodas you drink every day may be cutting down on calories, new research suggests that they also might be boosting your risk of heart disease and stroke:

In a nine-year study of more than 2,500 people, those who drank diet soda daily were 48% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die from those events, compared with those who rarely or never drank soda.

There was no increased risk of cardiovascular disorders among daily drinkers of regular soda, says study researcher Hannah Gardener, ScD, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The analysis, presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference (ISC), took into account a host of cardiovascular risk factors including age, sex, smoking, physical activity, alcohol and calorie consumption, metabolic syndrome, and pre-existing heart disease.

Still, the study doesn't prove cause and effect. And even though the researchers tried to account for risk factors that that could skew the results, they couldn't tease out everything, doctors caution.

However, there are drawbacks to the study. Read more ...

Posted by Richard at February 10, 2011 5:44 PM

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