Diet Drinks, Stroke & Dementia: Before You Reach for That Diet Soda Read This! by Nicole DeAvilla
You probably reach for that diet drink because you want to lose weight and/or you know that excess added sugar to your diet has heath risks like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. New research, published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, suggests that artificially sweetened drinks pose their own health risks. They did not find cause-and-effect, so some experts caution drawing firm conclusions.
Researchers analyzed the number of sugary beverages and artificially sweetened soft drinks each person in the study drank from 1991 to 2001. Over the next 10 years they looked to see who suffered stroke or dementia. In the group that drank artificially sweetened beverages once a day – compared to those who did not drink any even if they drank sugary drinks – the risk of suffering a stroke and dementia was tripled!
Read more about this study via CNN here.