Although we know for quite some time that drinking diet soda on a daily basis is not exactly a healthy habit, a new study from the Boston University arrives to tell us more about the dangerous of this refreshing beverage. According to the Boston University study, diet soda can increase the risk of strokes and dementia. The study followed more than 4,000 patients, and it is the first of its kind.
Of Diet Soda, Stroke, and Dementia
A team of medical researchers forms the Boston University revealed that daily diet soda intake had been linked with increased risk of stroke and even dementia. They’ve said that this is the first study which studies the connection between diet soda intake and major health issues.
In the past, many studies pointed out that consuming fizzy beverages, such Pepsi, Coca-Cola or Sprite, can lead to a host of health issues like diabetes, heart issues, and obesity. Moreover, these studies also cast in a negative light all beverages that contain artificial sweeteners.
And now, it would appear that the scientists discovered how unhealthy it is to consume diet soda on a daily basis. Using the health data of approximately 4,000 male and female patients, collected through the Framingham Heart Study, the Boston University researchers analyzed the link between diet soda intake and the risk of stroke/dementia.
What are the Risks of Drinking Diet Soda Every Day?
The results pointed out that the patients who consumed diet soda on a daily basis were 2.96 times more likely to suffer a debilitating stroke within the next decade, compared to those who drank once or twice per week. Subsequently, all patients who gulped down a can of diet soda every day were 2.89 more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Diseases or another form of dementia within the next ten years.
According to on of the scientists involved in this new study, it appears that this is the first time someone was able to establish a link between artificially sweetened beverages and dementia/stroke. However, being the only one to look at the connection means that more research is needed in order to validate their findings.
Meanwhile, the researchers said that it’s our best interest to limit or give up, if we can, drinking this type of beverage. Furthermore, we should also make sure that we drink enough water every day to stay hydrated and to exercise as often as we can.
The paper’s findings have recently been published in the American Heart Association journal.
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