Scientists say that women were more likely to die young the more sugary drinks they consumed.

Updated: 18th March 2019,m

DRINKING Coke or Diet Coke everyday could increase your risk of dying young, experts have warned.

Two cans of regular Coke increases the risk of early death from heart disease by a third

Sugar-laden fizzy drinks also increase the risk of early death from any cause by a fifth – and are also fuelling a rise in cancer cases, Harvard experts said.

While swapping to Diet Coke – or diet versions in general – is better, drink more than four a day and you’re still at risk of dying young.

In fact, previous studies have shown that the six common artificial sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k – have all been found to be toxic to gut bacteria.

They’ve been associated with weight gainslashing the chances of getting pregnant during IVF, tripling the risk of a deadly stroke and dementia, and raising the risk of developing diabetes.

Stick to water.

Experts said the best option is to ditch fizzy drinks altogether and stick to water instead.

Dr Vasanti Malik, who led the study at Harvard Uni in the US, said: “Our results provide further support to limit intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and to replace them with other drinks, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity.

“Drinking water in place of sugary drinks is a healthy choice that could contribute to longevity.

“Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice.”

Sugar-sweetened beverages include carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks.

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