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New study reveals soda could stop your heart permanently!

I was at a BBQ over the summer, kicking back with a cold one in my hand, when some nitwit I don’t even know came up to me with a smirk and said, “that stuff’ll kill ya!”

Ready for the punchline? This booze-hating bozo was sucking on a bottle of Coca-Cola!

You just can’t make this stuff up.

It’s a FACT that moderate boozers live longer, better, healthier and (obviously) happier lives than teetotalers. But moderate soda drinkers?

There’s no such thing, my friend.

ANY amount of soda can have a devastating effect on your metabolism, which is why the latest research finds soda can put you on the path toward heart failure.

Drink just two sodas a day — and, by the way, I saw that dummy at the BBQ down two in the space of about an hour — and your risk of heart failure jumps by 23 percent over 12 years, according to a major study of some 42,000 men.

Two sodas a day isn’t a lot. Half of all Americans drink soda — and among them, the average is 2.6 glasses a day.

That’s tens of millions of soda slurpers in the express lane for chronic disease and an early death, because heart failure isn’t any old heart problem.

It’s the “Mother of All Heart Problems.”

A heart attack can be a blessing in disguise if it’s the wakeup call that gets you off your tail and on the path toward getting healthy. Heck, I’ve known folks who’ve said a heart attack was the best thing that ever happened to them!

Heart failure’s another story altogether. It’s a life of chest pain and constant breathing difficulties so severe you may have to haul an oxygen tank around everywhere you go.

It’s so bad that half of all heart failure patients are pushing up daisies within five years.

Yet that soda-slurping simpleton had the nerve to tell me that MY habit will kill me?

If you’re going to have any habit at all, take mine and not his — because a 2012 study found moderate drinking will cut your risk of heart failure by up to 20 percent.

I’ll drink to that!

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