Are you a woman 60 or older who drinks several diet sodas a day? New research has found "an association" between heart problems and older women who consumed two or more diet drinks daily.

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Using existing data on 60,000 women with an average age of 63, researchers said those who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to suffer "a cardiovascular event" than women who rarely or never had diet drinks. The research was presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last month.

The American Beverage Association criticized the findings, saying many women in the study had "known risk factors for heart disease." The beverage industry trade group said the study itself noted that women who frequently consumed diet drinks were more likely to smoke and be overweight and have higher incidences of diabetes and high blood pressure.