Regular soda intake spikes stroke risk

Regularly quaffing sugar-sweetened, low-calorie sodas is likely to spike risk of a stroke, but intake of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee seems to lower it, a study reveals.

The study is the first to examine soda`s effect on stroke (when brain is deprived of blood supply) risk. Previous research has linked sugar-sweetened beverage consumption with weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gout and coronary artery disease.

`Soda remains the largest source of added sugar in the diet,` said Adam Bernstein, study author and research director at Cleveland Clinic`s Wellness Institute, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported.

`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,` added Bernstein, according to a university statement.

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