Entries in Diet Soda (2)


New Study Links Diet Soda to 'Vascular Events'

Fuse/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A new study suggests people who drink diet soda every day could be at a higher risk of strokes, heart attacks, and, in some cases -- vascular death.

The Doctors Health Press published an online e-bulletin Feb. 6 in which it shared results of a study of 2,564 people designed to help determine if there is a correlation between diet soft drinks and "vascular events," which include strokes and heart attacks.

Researchers say they counted the number of vascular events over a 10-year period and attempted to trace the subjects' consumption of diet soda. The results showed people who drank diet soft drinks every day were 43 percent more likely to have suffered a stroke or heart attack than those who consumed none at all. Additionally, researchers say the results showed those who were "light" diet soda drinkers and those who drank regular soda were not more likely to suffer vascular events.

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Study Links Diet Soda to Greater Stroke Risk

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Diet soda might offer the same taste with no calories, but new research suggests it might also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, even more so than regular soda.

People who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who drank no soda, even when accounting for smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and calories consumed per day, according to a study of more than 2,500 people presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

"This study suggests that diet soda is not an optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages, and may be associated with a greater risk of stroke," Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami and her colleagues reported at the conference.

The researchers used data obtained though the multi-ethnic, population-based Northern Manhattan Study to examine risk factors for stroke, heart attack and other vascular events such as blood clots in the limbs.  Participants reported their soda consumption for an average of 9.3 years.  While 901 participants reported drinking no soda, 163 said they drank one or more diet sodas per day.

"The study highlights the increasingly negative information we are getting about the consumption of non-caloric sweetened beverages," said Dr. Jana Klauer, a New York City-based private practice physician specializing in weight control and nutrition.  "People drink them to save calories and enjoy a sweet taste, but diet soda hasn't lead to weight loss and now appears to be causing more problems than it solves."

Drinking regular soda has previously been linked to diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.  Surprisingly, Gardener and colleagues failed to detect an increased cardiovascular risk among daily drinkers of regular soda.

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