When you crack open that can of diet soda, you’re being healthy, right? Researchers at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011 announced the results of their findings from an experiment on the relationship between diet soda and strokes. They found people who drink diet soda may have a significantly higher risk of vascular events compared to those who don’t drink soda.
The experiment followed participants for nearly 10 years, keeping track of their diet soda drinking habits and vascular health. In the end, the correlation between the two was strong enough to make a case for a connection. Through the study, researchers went on to say the study “suggests that diet soda is not an optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages, and may be associated with a greater risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, or vascular death than regular soda.”
So, are you at risk for stroke?
If you’re a diet soda drinker concerned with the findings of this study, there’s no need to start panicking just yet. The study was performed under highly variable circumstances, with participants reporting their own findings. Which means, the study is based on firmly unprove-able findings. This, like many other studies from the past, may prove to be just another stretch of truth to make the findings fit the known facts.
In any case, if you are concerned about your risk of stroke, now may be a good time to give up diet soda. Such a lifestyle change wouldn’t be a bad change at all. If interested, you can also check out the National Stroke Associations “Guidelines for Stroke Prevention,” to ensure you’re taking proper care of that body of yours. After all, diet soda or no, healthy bodies do require some maintenance and it never hurts to be jilted into making better choices.