Study: Diet Soda Drinkers At Higher Risk Of Stroke

By Debbi Kim, WBZ Medical Producer

BOSTON (CBS) — If you drink diet soda to help cut down on how many calories you’re consuming, you may actually be increasing your risk of having a stroke.

Corinne Higinbotham drinks several diet cokes a week, “It just quenches my thirst like nothing else.”

Now a new study finds people who have one diet soda a day are 61 percent more likely to have a stroke, heart attack and other related problems, than those who don’t drink soda at all.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports.

Dr. Stephanie Moore, cardiologist at Mass. General Hospital explains, “Diet soda is kind of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, we all thing we are doing something good but in actuality, we are increasing our risk for vascular disease, particularly stroke.”

Experts like Dr. Moore say part of the reason is because some diet drinks actually contain more sodium than regular soda. “I think the major culprit is sodium and the artificial sweetener. Artificial sweeteners have been associated with risk of cancer, migraines, and vascular problems have definitely been linked to artificial sweeteners.”

Higinbotham says the new findings are making her think twice about drinking diet soda, “I probably wouldn’t drink it, if I was told that it was linked to stroke or any other kind of illness like that.”

Experts say your best bet is to avoid any kind of soda completely or limit yourself to one every once in awhile, and stick to plain old water.

  • Guntram Mueller

    Could you take a minute to give us the name and source of the new study? And the author? Is it Dr. Moore? Or Crinne Higinbotham? Or someone else?

    This is a HUGE story, this 61% increase, and we deserve a source so we can see the actual results.


  • t armand

    study lead author – Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami School of Medicine, in a release from the stroke association. She made that point also in news reports, such as one written up by WebMD.

  • emom

    I am not surprised,, The chemicals in diet anything can make people sick,,, I cant touch the stuff, I get nausa, and feel sick after eating or drink the artificial sweetner, So I just limit the sodas I do drink, drink only water and unsweetned Tea, and my coffee has no sugar either,,,, fresh fruits and stay away from sugars too,, I have stopped all artificial sweetners will not ever tkouch them again.. THIS REPORT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME IN THE LEAST….. IT’S A CHEMICAL PEOPLE,,,,,

  • Cynic

    Sorry to be the one to tell you this folks but you are ALL going to die.

  • Anonymous Fan

    Corinne Higinbotham is a bombshell. I believe it was her who wrote the article. Does anyone know where to get more of her published works??

  • anonymous

    Corrinne Higinbotham. You should read her other works. I believe they are in the library of the hospital

  • Lars Harald Øvstetun

    How about the acidic ingredients? Do they interact as a contributing factor?

  • Steven E

    The comparision of diet drinkers to non-soda drinkers seems irrelivant. To make an “anti-diet” argument relevant it would be necessary to compare regular soda drinkers to diet drinkers. If the newly released study included such details then report that as well. Other wise this is just a scare piece.

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