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That Diet Soda You’re Drinking May Be Putting You At Risk For Heart Disease

 

PHOENIX (Feb. 20, 2012) – Diet soda may seem to be a healthier alternative to sugary regular soda, but a new study published in the Jan. 26th issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that people who regularly drink diet soft drinks were at an increased risk of experiencing stroke, heart attack and death due to these conditions.

Researchers studied the data of 2,564 participants in the study, which was designed to determine stroke incidence, risk factors and prognosis in a multiethnic urban population.  They looked at how often each participant drank soft drinks, whether the beverages were diet or regular, and the number of strokes, heart attacks and heart-disease related deaths that occurred among the participants over a 10-year period.

After taking into account pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, the researchers found that people who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have had a stroke or heart attack, or died of heart disease, than those who did not drink diet soda.

The study also showed that those who drank less diet soda (who drank it between once a month and six times a week), as well as people who drank regular soft drinks, were not more likely to suffer vascular events.

“It’s important to note that this study is a link, not proof of that the soda causes the problems,” said David Biglari, D.O., chief cardiac fellow with the Cavanagh Heart Center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.  “People who drink diet sodas regularly may also be eating a bad diet.  What you eat can have a big impact on the health of your heart.”

Previous research has also linked diet soda with a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.  The researchers noted that it remains unclear how soft drinks may affect a person's risk of heart disease.

Heart disease is the number one killer and stroke is the number three killer of American women and men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been providing medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. Banner Good Samaritan is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, a non-profit organization. The hospital was named to the 2011-’12 U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list for Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics and Gynecology. Banner Good Samaritan has been recognized as a Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor a hospital can earn for its nursing care and practices, and has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by The Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ in 2007 and 2008 and one of the “Top 100 Hospitals to Work For” by Nursing Professionals magazine.


 

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