London: Diet soda may be a wise choice for those who are keen to look after their health, but a new study has claimed that sugar-free fizzy drinks could actually raisethe risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The study of more than 2,500 people found that those who had diet drinks every day were 61 per cent more likely to get vascular problems than those who did not have any carbonated drinks. "If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages for protection against vascular outcomes," said researcher Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. For their study, Gardener and colleagues recruited about 2,560 participants who had to report whether they drank diet fizzy drinks, regular fizzy drinks, a mixture of the two ornone at all, the Daily Mail reported.
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