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Study: Diet Soda Drinkers at Increased Risk for Stroke

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  • NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07:  Soda is displayed in a market October 7, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing an initiative that would prohibit New York City's 1.7 million food stamp recipients from using the stamps, a subsidy for poor residents, to buy soda or other sugary drinks. Bloomberg has stressed that obesity among the poor has reached critical levels.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: Soda is displayed in a market October 7, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing an initiative that would prohibit New York City's 1.7 million food stamp recipients from using the stamps, a subsidy for poor residents, to buy soda or other sugary drinks. Bloomberg has stressed that obesity among the poor has reached critical levels. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  (Getty )

Diet soda drinkers have an increased risk of having a heart attack and stroke than those who do not drink any soda, Agence France-Presse reported.

A study looking at 2,564 people in New York City found that those who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of “vascular events” than those who did not drink any soda at all.

Researchers then made allowances for metabolic syndrome, heart disease history and peripheral vascular disease and the risk was 48 percent higher, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference.

“If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages,” said Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who led the study.

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