21 Feb '12, 12am

Drinking a diet soda a day could raise your chance of a heart attack or stroke by 44 per cent, study finds

NEW YORK - Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but people who drink it every day may have a heightened risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Although the researchers found that older adults who drank diet soda every day were 44 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack, their research did not prove that the sugar-free drinks alone were to blame. There may be other things about diet-soda lovers that explain the connection, said lead researcher Dr Hannah Gardener, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and her team. "What we saw was an association. These people may tend to have more unhealthy habits," she said. She and her colleagues tried to account for that, noting that daily diet-soda drinkers did tend to be heavier and more often have heart risk factors such as high blood pressu...

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