Diet soda may be associated with INCREASED risk of heart attach and stroke!
The study is not of the highest quality. It shows association, but does not prove causation.
Adapted from Medscape Medical News—a professional news service of WebMD
Los Angeles, CA – Artificially sweetened “diet” soda may not be the healthier alternative many had hoped: an observational study suggests the popular drinks may increase the risk of stroke, MI, and vascular death .“People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda,” lead investigator Dr Hannah Gardener (University of Miami, FL) told reporters attending a news conference here at the International Stroke Conference 2011 sponsored by the American Stroke Association (ASA)
Previous studies have suggested a link between diet-soda consumption and therisk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. But the current analysis from theNorthern Manhattan Study is the first study to show such an association between diet soft drink consumption and hard vascular-disease end points, according to ASA national spokesperson Dr Larry Goldstein (Duke University Stroke Center, Durham, NC).
“This is an observational study and not a prospective randomized trial,” he pointed out. “This is an association and not yet a proven causal relationship.”
Still, Goldstein said, “I think that it’s always good to do things in moderation. People should look at this information and consider it in the context of their other risk factors.”