The regular consumption of diet sodas that are laced with artificial sweeteners is linked with the risk of dementia and stroke.
Data shows that people who regularly consume sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices tend to have less recall power, smaller brains and tinier hippocampal volumes.
Besides this those who drank diet sodas believing that they would be let off the hook thanks to the artificial sweeteners in them were not doing themselves any favors. They had greater chances of developing stroke and dementia.
There seems to be a link between sugary beverage consumption and brain atrophy. Contrary to expectations, diet soda consumption did not let these people off the hook. Ischemic stroke and Alzheimer’s disease dementia were common in such people who drank diet sodas regularly.
Excessive amounts of sugar has a bad effect on health. While diet soft drinks are said to be healthier, the facts speak for themselves. They lead to other problems having to do with adverse health markers.
4000 volunteers over the age of 30 were included in the study. Their MRI scans were taken along with cognitive tests. The thing which was tested for was their beverage intake and its link with brain volume.
Also thinking ability and memory bank were gauged in these individuals. Pre-existing ailments such as CV disease, diabetes and high blood pressure did not totally explain the findings of the researchers.
While diet soda drinkers were more likely to be diabetic, they contracted dementia later on. Even when the diabetic members from this group were excluded, the dementia demographic remained intact.
The researchers have cautioned against using sugary beverages or even diet sodas. These are a case of a white poison such as sugar and an even worse poison in the form of an artificial sweetener. More research needs to be done to affirm the findings though.
The findings of this study have appeared separately in the journals Alzheimer's & Dementia and the journal Stroke.