Stroke risk tied to diet soda

Diet Soda linked to increased risk of stroke

According to Dr. Steven Greenberg, a Harvard Medical School neurologist, and vice chairman of the International Stroke Conference, people who drink diet sodas are at a higher risk for stoke, versus those who drink no sodas at all.

The doctors have no reason or explanation for the reasons that diet soda increase risk of stroke. They surmise that people who drink diet drinks do not drink enough water, or they may fail to exercise, or they may indulge in too much alcohol consumption. “But for those trying to cut calories, ‘diet soft drinks may not be an optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages,'” said Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami.

The Northern Manhattan study, comprised of 2,500 adults over forty years of age, found that minorities have a higher risk of stroke. These participants were followed from 1993-2001, Half were Hispanic and one-fourth were black. During this time there were 559 strokes or heart attacks, 338 of them fatal. The participants who drank diet sodas daily,(116) had a 48% higher risk of heart attack or stroke than those who drank no soda of any kind.

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About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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