Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/diet_pop_will_friggin_kill_ya/

Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

New study reveals fatal consequences of mock-swill habit

By Lewis Page

Posted in Science, 1st February 2012 16:31 GMT

News today calculated to disgruntle many a Reg reader – and some Reg hacks – as it has been revealed by boffinry that the daily glugging down of "diet" soft drinks increases the risk of "vascular events such as stroke, heart attack, and vascular death".

"Our results suggest a potential association between daily diet soft drink consumption and vascular outcomes," says Hannah Gardener of the Miami uni medical school.

The peril associated with daily downing of mock-pop was revealed in a study encompassing some 2,564 subjects selected from a "multi-ethnic urban population" in Manhattan. According to Gardener and her colleagues, drinking diet soft drinks less often isn't a problem.

The study also appeared to show that drinking regular full-sugar beverages wasn't particularly bad for you – at any rate in terms of vascular "outcomes" – though there are other US scientists who'd doubtless quarrel with any such assertion.

Beer, however, is definitely still OKor coffee, although it is known to destroy the planet. Bottled water is a definite no-no.

Gardener does admit that the deadly effects of diet pop may not have been completely pinned down yet:

"The mechanisms by which soft drinks may affect vascular events are unclear," she admits, opening the door for such possibilities as heavy mock-pop drinkers tending to be unhealthy to begin with – or indeed the usual caveats attached to suspicious statistical work of this type.

Gardener and her fellow health-boffins' research is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. ®