Does Soda Increase Stroke Risk?

New Cleveland Clinic research suggests it may be time to kick the can

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Before you reach for another soda, consider that researchers from Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University have found that greater consumption of both sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sodas is associated with a higher risk of stroke.

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“What we’re beginning to understand is that regular intake of these beverages sets off a chain reaction in the body that can potentially lead to many diseases — including stroke,” says Adam Bernstein, MD, author of a recent study on soda and stroke risk, and Research Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute.

Based on the research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Bernstein suggests that changes in blood pressure and blood sugar associated with drinking soda may increase disease risk. However, he adds that more research is needed to pinpoint the exact mechanism.

Coffee drinkers also should take note of the study. Coffee contains chlorogenic acids, lignans and magnesium, all of which act as antioxidants. When compared with one serving of sugar-sweetened soda, one serving of decaffeinated coffee was associated with a 10-percent-lower risk of stroke.

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