Researchers are quick to point out that although the behaviors have been “tied” together, causation has not been proven- but still… a link has been established between drinking a nice, cold, calorie-free diet soda daily, and “vascular events,” such as heart attack or stroke.
The study followed about 2,500 New Yorkers, controlling for known vascular risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol levels and partying with Charlie Sheen. Even then, daily DC-drinkers had a rate of vascular events elevated by a terrifying 61% over the sanctimonious water drinking crowd.
Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that the results of a single study don’t prove diet soda is going to kill you, but that fans of the delicious, fizzy beverage need to “stay tuned.” The study didn’t prove that diet soda damages blood vessels just yet, and Dr. Nehal N. Mehta, director of inflammatory risk cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania, posited that DC could be an unwitting accomplice:
“Maybe along with the diet soda, people are grabbing a Big Mac and a large fries,” Mehta said. “Soda may not be the villain. It may be the other things people consume in association with diet soda. After all, what goes better with pizza or fries than a soda?”
Indeed, Dr. Mehta! Why does everything awesome have to kill you eventually? Are you a diet soda drinker? How much of it do you consume each day?