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Diet Soda Linked to Strokes

Strokes are the number 3 cause of death in the United States, after heart attacks and cancer. Nearly 140,00 people die of strokes each year.

Most strokes are caused by an artery plugged up with cholesterol deposits. Occasionally, a stroke is caused by a brain bleed from a cracked and leaking artery. Only rarely are strokes are cause by a piece of debris drifting from somewhere else in your blood vessels.

Strokes are more likely to happen in people who have high blood pressure, are diabetic, or have metabolic syndrome. Now a link has also been found between drinking diet soda and stroke. Drinking diet soda has been linked with metabolic syndrome and diabetes in several studies. This study was done to isolate the contribution of diet soda to stroke from other risk factors that are known to contribute to stroke.

Red Meat and Strokes in Women

About 80 percent of strokes are caused when the brain loses blood supply because arteries are blocked. While eating red meat is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, several types of cancer, and high blood pressure, the connection between red meat in the diet and stroke has been less certain until now.

In December 2010, the journal Stroke published a study examining the link between eating red meat and stroke in 34,670 Swedish women from 39-73 years of age. All were free of cancer and cardiovascular disease in 1997 at the beginning of the study.  Over the 10 year study, there were 1,680 strokes in the group.