Although diet cola may be beneficial for your figure, a new study suggests that people who consume it every day have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
The study traced the state of almost 2600 adults for a decade. They were at the age of 69, on average, at the outset. Over the next 10 years 591 men and women had a heart attack, stroke or died of cardiovascular causes. The final results show that every day drinkers of diet cola have 48 per cent increased risk of developing myocardial infarction or stroke, compared to non drinkers.
The discovery was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. According to the authors it does not prove that the fault is entirely due to the diet drinks.
Perhaps there are other reasons peculiar to lovers of cola which contribute to the increased risk. These people might lead more unhealthy lifestyles, said Dr. Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Drinking diet cola every day were more obese and suffered more often from risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
On the other hand people who are trying to lose weight and control their health problems, probably more often prefer to consume diet cola, instead of the sugar version of the fuzzy drink.
But even after exclusion of these factors – along with diet and physical activity – the study authors found that daily consumption of diet cola was associated with 44 per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease.