Is there a Connection Between Diet Soda and Stroke Risks?
Are you one of those people who feel that diet soda is healthier than regular soft drinks?
True - you need to limit your consumption of sugar, particularly the sugar used to sweeten regular soda. However, given the choice between regular soda and diet, regular soda is actually less likely to damage your health.
That’s because new research shows drinking diet soda leads to an increased risk of vascular events such as stroke, heart attack and vascular death. In fact researchers have found that people who drank diet soft drinks daily were up to 43% more likely to have suffered a vascular event.
This risk persisted even after discounting other factors such as smoking, physical activity levels, alcohol consumption, diabetes, heart disease, dietary factors and others.
Vascular events like strokes and heart attacks typically occur suddenly without any warning, which is why prevention is so important.
The most common type of stroke is similar to a heart attack; the only difference is that the blood clot blocks blood flow to your brain instead of your heart. The longer your brain goes without oxygen, the greater your risk of lasting brain damage.
While conventional emergency medicine excels in the treatment of stroke, prevention is your best option - and eliminating diet sodas now seems to be an important way to lower your stroke risk.
It’s well known that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose can be dangerous to your health. In fact aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.
And if that isn’t enough to make you ditch the diet soda habit - how about the fact that they also make you fat?
That’s right - the waists of diet soda drinkers have been shown to grow by 70% more than those of non-diet soda drinkers. What’s worse, those who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a stunning 500% increase in waist size!
Waist size is one of the most powerful predictors of the risk of metabolic, heart and degenerative disease. Separately, studies show that aspartame itself may also increase your risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
So if you do drink diet soda regularly - now may be a good time to ditch the habit, permanently.