Posts Tagged ‘Stroke risk’

Coffee and Diet Soda: Polar Opposites When It Comes to Stroke Risk

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Diet soda and coffee are both beverages, and both have zero calories.  But the similarities stop there, especially when it comes to stroke risk.  New research shows an increased risk for stroke among diet soda drinkers, while previous research on coffee shows just the opposite.

The increased risk of stroke could be as much as 61 percent for diet soda drinkers, this according to a study presented February 9 at the American Stroke Association’s International Conference in California.

Conducted by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the study tracked 2,564 New Yorkers over a 9.3 year period, who were classified into groups according to their soda drinking habits.  Results showed that every day diet soda drinkers were at the greatest risk of stroke compared to those people who do not drink any soda.

Now go back one year to the same Internation Stroke Conference for results of a coffee study released February 25, 2010.  Researchers at University of Cambridge in England studied over 20,000 men and women starting in the mid-1990s and followed them for 12 years.  Those who indicated they drank coffee were only 71% as likely to have a stroke as those who drank no coffee.  Dosage did not matter as to whether the coffee drinkers had one or four cups of coffee a day, nor did it matter whether they had regular or decaf.

Based on these studies, diet soda drinkers wanting to avoid a stroke in their future should perhaps seriously considering a switch to coffee or even iced coffee.

Coffee Drinking May Lower Stroke Risk

Friday, February 26th, 2010

There is a new study which shows that regular coffee drinking appears to reduce the risk of stroke.

According to Ed Edelson, writing for HealthDay Reporter, a study led by Yangmei Li of the University of Cambridge in England showed a 27 percent lower risk of stroke among people who indicated they regularly drank coffee versus those who said they never drank coffee.

The study followed 23,000 men and women for a 12 year period, and found the association of reduced risk of stroke was consistent across subgroups of sex, age, social class, educational level, smoking status, alcohol drinking, tea drinking, and physical activity.

According to Edelson, the findings were to have been presented at the February 25 annual stroke conference of the American Stroke Association in San Antonio.