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Does drinking diet soda raise the risk of a stroke?

July 31, 2017

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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Julie Corliss is the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She … See Full Bio
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Michael Crayne
August 7, 2017

Though circumstances might be overwhelming, they can be overcome with diligent effort and a little bit of elbow grease. MC.

mary Stephanie nix
August 7, 2017

You guys are awesome! Being me and having to deal with me, I raise my glass of water with a slice of orange in it to you awesome creatures who possess self control when confronted with unlimited 0 calorie drinks that taste terrific😆

mary Stephanie nix
August 7, 2017

My Dad, a BC grad, used to say, “Everything! In moderation!” My Dad left the earth in 1959 after a fight with cancer. But his words are always in my brain. My question is this: Having become totally enamored with a certain diet drink which has no calories but plenty of caffeine! I found I was glugging down can after can after can especially when I could buy lots of cartons on sale! FREE I thought! But ah, beware, there is a price methinks, a tad worse than my usual caffeine from coffee, as there is a pairing with plenty of sodium! So, at 73, and still working, I am cutting out ALL sodas and most coffee and switching to water and an occasional orange and am already feeling better! Any compatriots out there?

August 7, 2017

I often see the claim that artificial sweeteners “make people crave” more sweets. Is there any scientific basis for this claim?

It does not agree with my personal experience at all. I drink a diet soda almost daily during the summer (and perhaps monthly other times of year). I notice no such “cravings” when I drink a lot of diet soda. I’ve maintain a healthy weight for 30 years by counting calories, and sugar sweetened soft drinks aren’t worth the 150 calories to me. I’d rather eat something with those calories. But I do enjoy diet sodas when its hot out, with no perceptible ill effects.

August 2, 2017

science has shown artificial sweetners are fine in moderate amounts

Osei Bright Steve
August 2, 2017

OK, so that means drinking soda is not a major cause of stroke but it’s rather associated with it some how.

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