You may want to think twice before you pop open another can of diet soda because researchers say the word “diet” may be misleading. A new study suggests women who drink two or more diet drinks a day are 30% more likely to have cardiovascular issues. 50% are more likely to die from heart attack. The decade-long study focused on 60,000 middle-aged women. They also found women who drink more than two diet sodas per day, are also more likely to smoke, be overweight, have diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Doctor Ray Kumar, cardiologist at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler, believes some people may be slowly drinking to their death. He says diet drinks can hurt more than your heart, and “diet coke and coke actually seeps the calcium out of the bones of women and can predispose to bone fractures and hip fractures in older women.” However, Kumar says its not clear whether or not what is causing the effects in women. “Does drinking the drink itself cause problems, or do women that drink those drinks tend to have more diabetes, and be a little heavier etc.,” said Kumar.

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