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Diet Soda May Increase Risk for Vascular Events
Diet Soda May Increase Risk for Vascular EventsPresented by: Romney ChiropracticDr. J. Chris Romney D.C., F.A.C.O Diet soda may not be the healthier alternative many had hoped. A new study suggests that the popular drinks may increase the risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death."People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda," lead investigator Hannah Gardener, ScD, an epidemiologist from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, told reporters.The risk persisted after controlling for metabolic syndrome, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiac disease history. "This is the first report of this association," said American Stroke Association national spokesperson Larry Goldstein, MD. "I think that it''s always good to do things in moderation. People should look at this information and consider it in the context of their other risk factors."The researchers looked at more than 2500 people from the multiethnic Northern Manhattan Study. Participants were asked to report how much and what kind of soda they drank.During an average follow-up of 9.3 years, 559 vascular events occurred, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.The researchers also observed a marginally significant increased risk for vascular events among those who consumed diet soda daily and regular soda once or more a month. As reported by Medscape Medical News, previous studies have suggested a link between diet soda consumption and the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. But this is the first time diet drinks have been associated with vascular events."This is an observational study and not a prospective randomized trial," Dr. Goldstein, from the Duke Stroke Center, in Durham, North Carolina, pointed out. "This is an association and not yet a proven causal relationship."The investigators acknowledge that additional studies are needed. The potential mechanisms for the association between diet soda and vascular events remain unknown.Dr. J Chris Romney, Chiropractic Orthopedist, suggests that patients start by concentrating on a healthy diet and regular exercise. Many people utilize diet soda to reduce sugar consumption, and calories. Studies such as these indicate risk factors go beyond metabolic disease and may risk your cardio vascular system. Make the choice to reduce then rid your life of diet and regular soda.Dr. Chris Romney has been serving the residents of Iron County for over 28 years. Romney Chiropractic is located at 965 South Main St., Ste A. Cedar City Utah, and can be reached at 435-586-9904. This study was funded by the Javits award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute. American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference. Abstract # P55. News conference February 9, 2011.
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