Diet Soda A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stroke. For those not familiar with the institute, Karolinska is currently ranked among the top 10 medical universities in world.

Previous studies have shown that consumption of sugary beverages increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease by about 20 percent. Given the close relationship between diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the researchers hypothesized that sugary drinks would increase stroke risk. They were right.

Nearly 70,000 healthy Swedish men and women were followed for over 10 years. Those who drank two servings of sugary drinks a day had a 20 percent increase in risk of suffering a stroke.

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