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Diet Soda Poses Same Risk of Heart Problems as Non Diet

New research published within the July 23, 2007 journal "Circulation" and reported about the WebMD website the following day suggested that drinking diet soda will not decrease the risk of heart attack in comparison to drinking regular sugared soda.

The analysis develops from a large, multi-generational heart study that followed residents of Framingham, Mass., a town about 25 miles west of Boston. Within this study researchers observed approximately 6,000 middle-aged males and females to view the consequence drinking diet soda would have on heart health.

Researchers found the outcomes were surprising. Study senior author, Dr. Vasan Ramachandran of the Boston University School of Medicine commented, "It's intriguing and it begs an explanation by those who are qualified to do studies to comprehend this better."

Barry Popkin, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill voiced his worry about the research by saying, "There's a lot of contradictory evidence that implies that diet beverages are healthier for you in terms of slimming down which I wouldn't put any credence to the result on the diet (drinks)."

The analysis did reveal that people who drank soda, whether diet or not, were susceptible to a rise in "metabolic syndrome", a cluster of symptoms that increase the risk for heart disease and a host of other heart issues.

The American Heart Association issued an announcement in reaction to the study, "Diet soda could be a wise decision to exchange caloric beverages that do not contain important vitamins and minerals."

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