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Researchers Find Link Between Diet Soda & Stroke

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DENVER (CBS4) – According to a study that took 9 years to compile, drinking just one diet soda a day can drastically increase your chance of a stroke

The researchers followed 2,500 people.

Those who drank at least one diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher rate of having a stroke or heart attack. Researchers didn’t find added risk for those who drink regular soda.

Dr Hannah Gardener the study’s author said that we already know that sugar and calories in regular soda are not healthy.

“However this is the first study to show that there may actually be health consequences of consuming diet soda,” Gardener said.

In the study, those who drank diet soda on a daily basis had an almost 50 percent higher chance of stroke.

“We did not see a significant association between regular soft drink consumption and risk of combined vascular events but we did see it for diet soda,” Gardener said.

Doctors have no explanation why diet soda is more risky. Some say the risk is increased because people who drink a lot of diet soda fail to exercise, weigh more or already have high blood pressure. But the researchers say they took these factors into consideration.

“We can’t conclude anything definitive, there needs to be more research, but I think it starts to give suggestions that maybe drinking diet soda is not the best thing for us,” Dr. Bill Borden with the Perelman Heart Institute said.

30 percent of all soda consumed is diet. That’s about 4.2 billion gallons a year. The American Beverage Association says diet soda is a proven way to cut calories.

It calls the study a disservice to people trying to maintain a healthy weight.

Related Link: Will Diet Soda Give You A Stroke?

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