“Diet, sugary sodas alike linked to heart disease factors” (CNN.com)

People who drink one or more soft drinks a day have a more than 50 percent higher risk of developing the heart disease precursor metabolic syndrome than people who drink less than one soda a day, a new study has found. And it didn’t matter if it was a regular soda or a diet soda.

The study does not prove a link between soda consumption and increased risk of heart disease, but it does illustrate the correlation between the unhealthy habit of drinking soda and increased health problems. Metabolic Syndrome comprises several different health problems – including weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol – all of which put one at increased risk for heart disease and are indicators of an unhealthy lifestyle and diet.

Maybe this will stop people from drinking soda? I doubt it.