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Researchers Find Puzzling Link Between Daily Diet Soft Drink Consumption And Vascular Illness

January 31, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who studied ten years of health data from 2,564 participants in an urban stroke study, found that individuals who drink diet soft drinks every day had a 43 percent higher risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular events, including death. However, the researchers found no such correlation among moderate drinkers of diet soft drinks, or among drinkers of regular soft drinks. The researchers acknowledged they don’t know the reasons behind the higher vascular event correlation, but said their results "suggest a potential association between daily diet soft drink consumption and vascular outcomes” that needs further study.
Hannah Gardener et al., "Diet Soft Drink Consumption is Associated with an Increased Risk of Vascular Events in the Northern Manhattan Study", Journal of General Internal Medicine, January 31, 2012, © Springer
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