There’s been concern over diet drinks and artificial sweeteners for year, but one study is hitting the panic button.
A study published in the American Heart Association's journal "Stroke” yesterday ties them to a higher risk of dementia and stroke. The only problem is the researchers can’t say exactly why.
The study analyzed how many sugary beverages and artificially sweetened soft drinks each person in the two different age groups participating drank, at different time points, between 1991 and 2001. Then, they compared that with how many people suffered stroke or dementia over the next 10 years.
Separate previous studies have shown an association between the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and adverse health effects, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and possibly even heart failure.
No connection was found between those health risks and other sugary beverages, such as sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit juice and fruit drinks.