Drinking Diet Sodas Daily Triples Risk Of Dementia and Stroke
If you drink diet sodas, here’s another reason why you need to stop. A major study suggests drinking diet sodas every day triples the risk of developing dementia. The study also found that consuming artificially sweetened beverages increases the likelihood of suffering a stroke.
Researchers at the University of Boston evaluated the dietary habits of more than 4,000 people for seven years. They also monitored their overall health over the next 10 years.
Scientists found people who drank at least one diet soda a day were 2.9 times more likely to develop dementia, and three times as likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than those who didn’t consume diet sodas.
The study, published in the journals Alzheimer’s & Dementia and Stroke, took into account factors such as age, sex, exercise and calorie intake that could have influenced the findings.
Lead author Matthew P. Pase, Boston University School of Medicine, told Medscape Medical News, “There are many studies now suggesting detrimental effects of sugary beverages, but I think we also need to consider the possibility that diet drinks may not be healthy alternatives.”
“We can’t show cause and effect in this study as it is observational in design, but given the popularity of diet drinks we desperately need more research on this question.”
Although the studt showed no link between sugary drinks and stroke or dementia, researchers say it does not point to sugary drinks being harmless.
“There are many other studies suggesting harmful effects of sugar-sweetened drinks, and we did not have large enough numbers of people consuming sugary drinks in our current study for reliable information on this,” Dr Pase said.
“We had much larger numbers of individuals reporting intake of artificially sweetened drinks.”
The study also showed sugary drinks, even fruit juices, were linked to poorer memory and smaller brain volumes.
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