Drinking just one Diet Coke a day could affect your heart, study shows

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An amount of Diet Coke which many people would have assumed was normal and “healthy” to consume has been linked to a deadly heart condition. While many opt for diet fizzy drinks instead of the full-fat options for a number of health reasons, it seems it may not necessarily be safe if you consume too much.

A new study suggests seven or more cans of diet pop per week could raise the risk of long-term heart issues among those tested. According to the Daily Mail, researchers in China spent four years evaluating 200,000 adults in the UK who had not previously been diagnosed with a heart condition.

They were then followed up with 10 years later, and the findings will come as a worry to people who consume diet beverages daily, reports the Irish Star. It found that people who drank over two liters, which adds up to roughly seven cans, were 20 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation – also known as AFib.

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AFib can be deadly – and it is also known as an irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia. According to Healthline.com, estimates of the prevalence of AFib in the United States ranges from about 2.7 million to 6.1 million. That number is estimated to rise to 12.1 million in 2030. The condition contributes to about 158,000 deaths each year in the US.


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