Drinking just two cans of sugar-free diet drinks a day increases your chance of heart attack or stroke by a third

By VANESSA CHALMERS HEALTH REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE

Two cans of sugar-free fizzy drinks per day could increase a woman’s risk of a heart attack or stroke by almost a third, according to a study.

The major study of over 80,000 women is one of the first times the risk of specific types of stroke in older women who drink diet drinks has been studied.

Women who drank the fizz regularly are 31 per cent more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, the research found.

And they are 29 per cent more likely to develop heart disease and 16 per cent more likely to die, when compared to women who rarely drank them.

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