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Study Links diet soda to higher risk of stroke and dementia

Apr 23, 2017

This study tracked 2,888 persons aged 45 and over for the development of stroke and 1,484 persons over the age of 60 for dementia over a 10 year period. Persons who consumed 1 diet soda a day were 2.96 times as likely to have stroke, and 2.89 times as likely to have dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. Sweeteners evaluated included saccharin, acesulfame-K, and aspartame. It is also noted by the researchers that high sugar intake, usually from regular soda, is associated with poorer memory and overall smaller brain sizes, but not related to stroke or dementia. So you may not have an easy alternative! The researchers did note that this was a small study and did not prove cause and effect. There is need for more research. Christopher Gardner, director of nutrition studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center, adds 'Nobody ever said that diet sodas were a health food' and 'Don't switch to real soda'. Caution may be advised.

 

American Heart Association's journal Stroke, April, 2017