Nutritional Pearls: Diet Drinks and Stroke, Heart Disease


  • Your patient is a 52-year-old woman who is concerned about her risk of heart disease. When asked about her diet, she tells you that she tries to eat healthy, and has recently switched from regular to diet soda. She often has 2 to 3 of these drinks each day. 

    How do you advise your patient?

    (Answer and discussion on next page)

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