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Diet Soda Increases Risk of Stroke

Put Down That Can: Diet Soda May Increase Stroke Risk

For those of us trying to watch what we eat or decrease our sugar intake, bad news on the diet soda front: a new study says that drinking the diet-friendly beverage may increase the risk of stroke by 61 percent. This study takes on even more meaning after hearing the news that more stokes are hitting young and middle-aged individuals.

The study, based on 2,564 people living in New York City with an average age of 69, found that people who regularly drank diet soda were more likely to have a "vascular event" compared to individuals who don't drink the carbonated beverage. Even when researchers took into account other factors like metabolic syndrome, heart disease history, and peripheral vascular disease, the risk of stroke was still 48 percent higher amongst diet soda drinkers. Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and lead researcher on the project, says that these findings are still in the very early stages. And while they are able to show that diet soda does increase the risk of stroke, they still don't know why that is.

This is just another reason to skip out on that Coke Zero; past studies indicate that diet soda is bad for the kidneys, bone density, and may be the source of chronic headaches. If you can't put down that can quite yet, try this 28-day plan to give it up for good.

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arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
i don't even remember the last time I have had a diet coke, but i don't miss it a bit. coffee is my favorite beverage anyway :] artificial sugar seriously hurts my stomach!
amber512 amber512 5 years
It's my one vice at the moment. I don't really have any desire to give it up, but it's good to be informed!
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