Study examines effects of consumption of diet drinks
Many people want to lose weight or just generally eat healthier. Affected people often try to stop consuming sugary drinks or replace them with diet drinks. Researchers have now found that drinking diet sodas is associated with strokes and dementia.
The researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that consuming diet drinks increases the risk of stroke and increases the likelihood of dementia. The doctors published the results of their study in the medical journal "Stroke".
Diet sodas can triple the risk of dementia and stroke
Are you one of those people who would like to drink less sugary drinks and therefore use diet lemonade now? If this is the case, consumption could have negative consequences for your health. Experts found a connection between dementia, strokes and the use of diet sodas. If people drink diet sodas daily, their risk of developing stroke or dementia is about three times higher than that of people who consume diet sodas only once a week or less, the doctors explain.
Results only show a correlation
The increased risk includes so-called ischemic stroke and Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, explains author Matthew Pase from the Boston University School of Medicine. The researchers emphasized that the results show no cause-effect relationship, but only a correlation. People should still be careful with the consumption of diet sodas.
Disadvantages of consuming sugary drinks
However, consumers of the diet lemonade should not simply switch back to sugary drinks now, the author says. Sugary drinks are linked to obesity and the consequences such as diabetes. In addition, these drinks are associated with poorer memory and a smaller total brain volume, the scientists explain.
Doctors examine over 4,000 subjects
The study tracked a total of 2,888 people over the age of 45. The doctors examined the increased likelihood of a stroke. In addition, 1,484 participants aged 60 years or older were examined for an increased risk of dementia. The research carried out over a period of ten years, the researchers say.
How much do diet sodas increase health risks?
The study found that people who consumed diet sodas daily were 2.96 times more likely to have an ischemic stroke and 2.89 times more likely to have dementia than people who who rarely consumed diet sodas.
Drink more water instead of soda or diet soda
The results were adapted to variables such as age, gender, calorie intake, diet quality, physical activity and smoking, the authors explain. The bottom line of the study, so to speak, is that people should drink more water and less diet sodas. And above all, those affected should not fall back on normal lemonades, the experts add. (as)