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Diet Soda Can Increase Your Stroke Risk by 50%

Diet Soda Can Increase Your Stroke Risk by 50%

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  • People who drink diet soft drinks daily may be 43 percent more likely to suffer from a vascular event, including a stroke or heart attack, according to new research
  • Previous research has already revealed very serious long-term health consequences of consuming diet, including weight gain, increased waist size, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Diet soda is not a healthy alternative to regular soda, and eliminating it from your diet may help you significantly reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Vascular events like strokes and heart attacks typically occur suddenly without any warning, which is why prevention is so important
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable by making lifestyle modifications; this includes not only diet but also optimizing your vitamin D levels, as research recently found that people who got less than the midpoint level of sun exposure were at a 60 percent increased risk for stroke

By Dr. Mercola

Diet soda is often perceived as being "healthier" than regular soft drinks because it contains artificial sweeteners in lieu of sugar, and therefore has no calories.

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