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Diet soft drinks are no better for your health than their sugary counterpart, new study suggests The researchers analysed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies Found those who consumed sweetened drinks were more likely to die young  Risk of dying increased with each additional 250ml of sweetened drink a day 

By Shaun Wooller, Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 22:30 BST, 3 May 2021

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Drinking ‘diet’ cola or lemonade is as bad for you as full-sugar varieties, a major study suggests.

Those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened drinks were more likely to die young, researchers found.

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They analysed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies, with some tracking participants for more than 20 years.

During this time there were 137,310 deaths. The risk of dying increased with each additional 250ml of sweetened drink consumed a day – less than a standard 330ml can of pop.

Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to a 5 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause and a 13 per cent higher risk of dying from heart disease.

Researchers who analysed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies found those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artifically sweetened drinks were more likely to die young (stock picture)

Researchers who analysed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies found those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artifically sweetened drinks were more likely to die young (stock picture)

People who drank the most were 12 per cent more likely to die from any cause and 20 per cent more likely to die from heart disease than those who drank the least.

Consuming artificially sweetened drinks was linked to a 4 per cent

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