Diet soda drinkers are more likely to get these frightful diseases

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However, authors of the research noted that this finding doesn't support the safety of sugary drinks.

However, the associations between recent and higher cumulative intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks and dementia were no longer significant after additional adjustment for vascular risk factors and diabetes mellitus. But they found other troubling signs.

He also warned that although no relation was found between sugary drinks and an increased risk of dementia or stroke, consumers should not consider them a "healthy option".

"We have a robust body of literature on the adverse effects of sugary drinks". The Framingham Heart Study found that drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage a day more than doubled the risk of dementia. The study, according to some critics, did not identify any particular mechanism to explain how drinking sweetened beverages damages the brain so it was not possible to conclude that sweetened drinks caused brain damage. Researchers examined 4,372 adults over the age 45. He chose to study sugary drinks as a way of examining overall sugar consumption.

"Your intake of soda and diet soda and other beverages is part of a greater pattern". Contrary to expectations, diet soda consumption did not let these people off the hook. What's more, the regular drinkers and are "2.89 times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia". "In our study, 3 percent of the people had a new stroke and 5 percent developed dementia, so we're still talking about a small number of people developing stroke or dementia".

"The authors can not say that the effect they report is causal, as the tool they have used can not draw a causal link".

"In turn, the sweetness drive you to eat more kilojoules from sweet foods and drinks than you normally would".

"You have got to pay close attention and be diligent about dietary habits, exercise habits, controlling your blood pressure".

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Sacco says that ASBs "may impact cerebrovascular health", adding that "ASB consumption may occur because of weight gain but could also exacerbate these conditions". His group has recommendations online at alz.org/10ways.

Aspartame is the sweetener most used in diet drinks, and is also the most controversial.

The American Beverage Association, the lobbying group for the soda industry, said its products are safe. After factoring in age, sex, and caloric intake, they found that there was an association between consuming artificially sweetened beverages and the two diseases. "The evidence is clear that drinking water is healthy", Gardener said. The main limitation, Pase said, is the important point that an observational study like this can not prove that drinking artificially-sweetened drinks is linked to strokes or dementia, but it does identify an intriguing trend that will need to be explored in other studies.

Many products labeled "no added sugar" contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols.

So what can people drink?

Food labels that advertise lower sodium are a good way to help people make more healthful choices. And of course, there's coffee.

Researchers analyzed the self-reported diets of two sets of people participating in the Framingham Heart Study, the longest-running heart study in the USA, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and run in partnership with Boston University.

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