Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thought of the Day 2011 #18 - Diet Coke

Today, a study was released that supposedly showed a link between diet sodas and a higher incidence of stroke and heart attack. Read info here at Huffington Post. While I don't believe diet sodas are health foods by any stretch of the imagination, I suspect the tie to stroke is probably tenuous at best. I'm really tired of statistical "studies" like this. Rather than diet sodas being the problem, maybe non-diet soda drinkers tend to drink more coffee? And coffee is the benefit rather than diet soda being the detriment? Or maybe the non-soda drinkers tend to like carrots more? We can't see the data to be able to make other conclusions. I doubt that statisticians took all personal variables into account -- they probably needed to find something to report after 10 years of gathering random facts. I just wish there was a way to holistically study people. It's probably impossible to completely gather all potential variables in diet, genetics and lifestyle, but c'mon...we should be able to gather more inormation using Facebook profiles. Heh....I better not give them any ideas.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Weight concerns have traditionally been tied to stroke and heart disease. People with weight issues are more likely to drink diet soda ergo more incidents of stroke or heart issues. Switching to water only might help me lose or maintain my current weight level (which @250 for 5'11" is still above my supposed "optimum" weight) but I prefer to have some taste with my liquids so Diet Mt. Dew it is and will be. Harry

P.S. Please understand I think you look just right @the size you are even if our weights put us in a high risk catagory for strokes etc.

Anonymous said...

Supposedly the researchers neutralized the typical connections to stroke - obesity, waist ratios, high blood pressure, etc. And that's when the connection to diet sodas came into play.

I just think it could be something else...but who knows? Diet sodas are filled with yummy chemicals, but so are a lot of things we consume.

Zac said...

Studies have also shown a correlation between drowning in pools and eating ice cream...

The most important thing to remember in science! Correlation =/= Causation