Diet soda linked to hefty hike in stroke risk
Daily diet soda drinkers may have a 61% higher risk of hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke, according to a study presented Wednesday at the International Stroke Conference 2011 in Los Angeles.
For the study, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and colleagues analyzed the soda habits of 2,564 people enrolled in the Northern Manhattan Study. The participants, who were on average 69 years old, also were asked to complete a questionnaire about how much and what type of soda they drank.
During the nine years of the study, 559 vascular events occurred, including hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. When the researchers controlled for age, gender, ethnicity, physical activity, calorie intake, smoking and alcohol consumption, they found that those who drank diet soda every day were 61% more likely to have a vascular event than those who drank no soda (Doheny, HealthDay, 2/9).
Moral of the story: Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Diet Soda!!