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Link Between Diet Sodas and Heart Attacks Discovered
According to Hannah Gardener, Sc.D., epidemiologist in the Miller School’s Department of Neurology, after taking into account pre-existing vascular conditions, including body mass index, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, they found that individuals who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43% more likely to have suffered a vascular event than those who didn’t drink any. Those who drank diet soft drinks irregularly – between one a month and six a week – and those who chose regular soft drinks were not more likely to suffer vascular events.The researchers looked at how often individuals drank soft drinks – diet and regular – and the number of vascular events that occurred over a ten-year period.
Gardener and her team examined the relationship between both diet and regular soft drink consumption and risk of stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and vascular death. They analyzed data from 2,564 participants in the NIH-funded Northern Manhattan Study, which was designed to determine stroke incidence, risk factors and prognosis in a multiethnic urban population.