Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

( CNN) More bad news for diet soda devotees: Drinking two or more of any kind ofartificially sweetened beverages a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in girls over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Previous research has shown a link between diet beverages and stroke , dementia, Type 2 diabetes, obesityand metabolic syndrome , which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

“This is another confirmatory study reveal a relationship between artificially sweetened liquors and vascular hazards. While we cannot show causation, this is a yellow flag to pay attention to these findings, ” said American Academy of Neurology President Dr. Ralph Sacco, who was not involved in the latest study.

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