Diet Soda Could Increase Your Risk Of Stroke

By Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — That daily can of diet pop may give you a boost, but it could also be bad for your heart.

A new study says that people who drink diet soda every day have a nearly 50 percent higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

It’s not definitive proof of harm, but new research Wednesday at an American Stroke Association conference in Los Angeles raises concern about diet soda. It suggests that people who drink it every day have higher risks for stroke and heart attack than those who drink no soda of any kind at all.

The findings come from a federally funded study of about 2,500 adults in the New York City area.

Doctors have no explanation for why diet soda might be risky. It could be that people who drink lots of it also fail to exercise, weigh more or have other risk factors like high blood pressure and smoking. However, the researchers took these factors into account and found the trend remained.

A Harvard doctor behind the study said this should be wake up call to pay attention to diet pop and drink water instead.

Since the people studied may have had other risk factors — more investigation must now be done.

Some doctors worry about the sodium and artificial sweeteners in diet drinks, which could be linked to vascular problems.

  • Diet Poison

    I have hypeer tension problems when I drink diet soda, sometimes it makes me feel paranoid, I notice obsessive compulsive feelings, and it changes my sleep cycles.

    I can go weeks and months without drinking diet soda, but when I fall off the wagon it’s noticeable how it effects my mood, sleeping and eating habits.

  • Bob J

    I’m Idaho

  • Norge

    I only use it as mix in my whiskey….guess i’ll have to start drinking it straight up now.

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  • Sally

    Could it be because it metabolizes to wood alcohol and causes brain edema?

    Just a thought. (I’m talking about aspartame in particular)

  • Fred

    Holy prematurely alarmist story batman. A single study with such a small test group in an overly specific geographic area shows that participants has less than a 50/50 chance of having a higher risk for these diseases with no real link to the studied catalyst and other factors that could explain the occurence? Hmmm…me thinks that the people behind this article should encourage the same researchers to do a study on whether flipping a coin regularly will increase your chances of heart disease and stroke. I have the feeling they may discover yet another extremely risky activity…lol

  • Kevin

    I have been sounding the warning with my friends for years. Aspartame is very harmful to our bodies and will create medical maladies that doctors will mis-diagnose as MS, Lupus, Fibromialgia and others. Diet pop drinkers do not want to hear this but I offer them a simple test: stop drinking diet pop for just one month and if you do not feel better at the end of that month then go back to your pop. Not one that has taken my challenge has gone back to diet pop. Mysterious backaches go away.

  • Jimmy

    I quit a month ago, and notice I can run faster and jump higher! Also, I no longer need my prosthetic limbs!

  • Calliegirl

    If makers go back to using sugar rather than corn syrup in the regular soda, I’ll consider dropping the diet version. As it is now, there are more concerns with corn syrup than one can of diet pop each day…

  • Beth

    Soda used to be a special treat when I was a kid. Now folks drink it like water, and lo and behold!! health problems, obesity, etc. how about we act like adults and show a little self control?? Just because it’s there does not mean you have to drink it, even if everyone on tv and movies and commercials is doing so. Advertising worked great for soda makers, too great, and now we are less healthy than ever.

    • Luc Tedesco

      Nail on the head.

  • IMaOnTheTake

    this is Minnesota so It’s called POP, what the heck is soda?

    • Ode to Joy

      Well, what the heck is hot dish I asked when I moved here. A casserole is what I was told. Why not call it casserole?

  • Paula

    Everything in moderation!

  • Kelsey

    What they fail to mention in this study is the other risk factors that these individuals may have. Were they overweight? That increases the chance of heart disease, too. And I bet a lot of them are. Are they smokers? Have high blood pressure? Have a family history of heart disease? This strikes me as alarmist. I’ll keep drinking my diet soda until more definitive proof comes along. I’ve lost 20 pounds in the past few months by switching to diet!

  • Kelly

    I don’t drink diet soda because I get severe migraines due to the aspartamine. I’ll just stick with my full sugar (or corn syrup) coca cola.

  • Stephanie

    We are looking to also create a page like this for our dieting website. Can anyone help?

  • LaVonne

    Why is it that news reports never seem to actually name the study but just call it “a new study?” Even the “Harvard doctor behind the study…” isn’t named. This makes it impossible to search, locate, and read the actual study, how it was conducted, controls, etc.

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