Diet Soda Drinkers Have Higher Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke – Study

By on Feb 10, 2011 in Food, Health, Science Comments

According to a recent study released on Wednesday, diet soda drinkers have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke than people who do not drink any soda at all.

The research was presented at the American Stroke Association‘s International Stroke Conference. According to reports, 2,564 people over 40 years old in Manhattan were examined during the study. A standard survey about their diets were filled out at the start of the study. Their health was tracked for nearly 10 years.

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It was found that those people consuming diet soda daily had a 61% higher risk of vascular events compared to those who said they did not drink any kind of soda.

After taking into account diabetes, rates of smoking, waistline size and other differences among the groups, daily diet soda drinkers still got 48% higher risk of heart attack and stroke than people who drank no soda of any kind. It was also noted that there is no significant differences in risk among people who drank a mix of regular and diet soda.

“It’s reasonable to have doubts, because we don’t have a clear mechanism. This needs to be viewed as a preliminary study,” lead researcher Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami was quoted saying.

As an advise for those trying to cut calorie intake, “diet soft drinks may not be an optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages,” Gardener added.



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