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Daily diet soda tied to higher risk for stroke, heart attack
 
Just as you were starting to feel virtuous for having switched from sugary sodas to low- or no-calorie substitutes, a new study comes along suggesting that diet sodas might be bad for your head and your heart. The study found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including stroke and heart attack. 
 
For the new study, researchers surveyed 2,564 north Manhattan residents about their eating behaviors, exercise habits, as well as cigarette and alcohol consumption. The study volunteers were also given physical check-ups that included blood pressure measurements and blood tests for cholesterol and other factors that might affect the risk for heart attack and stroke.
 
The increased likelihood of vascular events remained even after the study accounted for risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Pointing the finger more squarely at diet drinks.
 
Does this mean there’s something in diet sodas that hurts our blood vessels? Nobody knows the answer to that question, yet. It is always possible that there is something about diet soda that leads to vascular problems; this is the second study to associate diet soda with health issues. An earlier study found that diet soda consumption was linked to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is also a risk factor for heart problems and stroke.
 
Further, there are animal studies suggesting a link between vascular problems and caramel-containing products. Among other things, caramel is the ingredient that gives the dark color to sodas like Coke and Pepsi. 
 
“People with a lot of risk factors for vascular disease, might want to reduce the amount of diet soda they consume,” Dr. Jovin said. “Those risk factors would include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, a family history of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and a history of cardiovascular events.”
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
They “might” want to reduce their amount of diet soda?   Two studies showing links to increased vascular events is ENOUGH of an indicator that we can make a simple measure by NOT drinking it.   Waiting to see if larger studies will prove the link is not the advice I would heed. 
 
As I have expanded upon in my book, Nature’s Diet, artificial sweeteners can interfere with the neurotransmitters in the brain. Aspartame looks similar to the amino acid aspartate and stimulates NMDA receptors as does glutamate. We just do not know the consequences of long term and daily stimulation by a synthetic chemical such as artificial sweeteners. These artificial chemicals have only been around for about 50 years. The human genes have had thousands of years to adapt to natural chemicals, unlike artificial chemicals.    
 
There are two articles this month on the effect of drinking liquids that have been sweetened either with added sugar or chemical sweeteners.   Choose to drink Nature’s liquid—100 % H20.
 
Happy drinking!
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