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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.