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Daily Diet Soda Habit Can Increase Your Heart Attack And Stroke Risk
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Daily Diet Soda Habit Can Increase Your Heart Attack And Stroke Risk

The obesity trend numbers have sent people rushing for their cans and bottles of diet soda, thinking that they are making a choice that is better for them than their regular drinks. After all, diet soda has zero calories which should make it better for dieters. But, a number of studies have shown how diet soda sets the body up for future failure because it tricks the body into thinking it is getting one thing and then not delivering on the promise. Another new study however, has revealed a much more serious and more troubling problem with diet soda. Researchers from the Miami Miller School of Medicine, part of the Columbia University Medical Center have shown a potential link between a daily diet soda habit and an increased risk of potential vascular events including heart attack or stroke. The risk for death from those events is also higher.

In the study, data gathered from a previous study was analyzed by lead author Hannah Gardner and her team. The original study, funded by the National Institute of Health, recruited over 2500 men and women and was designed to find the risk numbers of stroke incidence, the risk factors and the eventual prognosis in what was deemed a multi-ethnic population in an urbanized area. The study which lasted for over ten years, also looked at a number of other factors, including diet and nutrition and exercise habits. Gardner looked at the data in that study which related to how many sodas that each person was consuming and whether they were consuming regular, sugared sodas and other beverages or if they were sticking only to the diet sodas.

The results showed that those who consumed a diet soda every day raised their risk of vascular events by over forty percent. Researchers adjusted the numbers to weigh certain preexisting factors that might play a role in cardiovascular health including metabolic syndrome, diabetes and having high blood pressure.

Ironically, according to the research, regular soda was not shown to have any link to an increased risk of heart disease. A more moderate intake of diet soda, less than one to two cans per week, for instance, also did not raise heart disease risk. Now that the link has been discovered, researchers are set on finding out the explanation of why it works that way. There are a number of factors that could be to blame, including some of the chemicals that are used in the soda to keep them calorie free.


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